Ratings: V and Detroit 1-8-7 Up, Glee Down

Two of ABC’s Tuesday “bubble” shows had a little, qualified something to smile about this week, as both V and Detroit 1-8-7 registered increases (albeit opposite largely repeaty competition).

V wrapped up its shortened second season with an audience of 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo — up 6 percent week-to-week in both measures. Detroit‘s penultimate freshman outing in turn copped 5.8 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, up 14 and 8 percent, respectively. In fact, the cop drama hit its best numbers since Dec. 7.(REMINDER: The Detroit 1-8-7 season finale airs this Sunday at 10/9c.)

That said, both of the ABC fence-riders trailed all time-slot rivals — reruns and all — in the 18-49 demo.

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As for the infamous, oft-cited Daylight Saving Time effect, Glee succumbed the most of any new Tuesday show, dipping 10 percent in both viewers (to 10.8 mil) and in the demo (4.1). Fox’s musical dramedy nonetheless easily won the night among the 18-49 crowd.

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Elsewhere on Tuesday:

* The Biggest Loser: Couples averaged 7.97 million viewers and a 2.7 rating, shedding 7 percent of its week-ago demo numbers.

* In the 9 o’clock hour, Fox’s Raising Hope (6.3 mil/2.5) slipped 8 and 11 percent, while lead-out Traffic Light enjoyed slightly better retention this week, notching a 7 percent gain in the demo (with a 1.6).

* At 10 pm, what I believe was a repeat (leftovers?) of NBC’s floundering Next Great Restaurant placed third in total viewers, serving fewer than 4 mil.

What did you watch this Tuesday?

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  1. John Berggren says:

    That’s halfway decent news for V. I still presume that if any ABC Tuesday survives next season, it’ll be V. If they do get a reprieve, they need to tighten the righting further, and resurrect Diana.
    Tyler must stay dead.

  2. Polly says:

    thank god people is having enough of this ugly second season of glee.
    i still cannot understant how they managed to kill this awesome show.

  3. Michele says:

    Seriously – Glee deserves it. Finn and Rachel – the core of the show – are not together and it is dragging on and on. Last couple weeks have been horrible episodes. I miss their dynamic. The have written these characters out of control latetly – Finn in particular – just to create unnecessary drama. I know many people that have stopped watching as a result.. I am sad by it cause I love Glee – I want the show to be about joy and happiness. I miss Finn and Rachel.. I miss Will and Emma… everyone treating Rachel like crap is so stupid. Trying to be funny and push lines that make no sense with Brittany in particular. Get back to the roots, show growth in characters – like Finn – show him to make something of himself out of the situation rather then being totally a jackass. I loved Duets and furt – becuase the glee club stood by each other and supported each other. I miss that – they are over being at each others throats – they are beyond that…

  4. Andrea says:

    Matt, does Detroit 1-8-7 have a prayer of renewal, or is next week a series finale as well as a season finale?

  5. AlistairCrane says:

    This episode of Glee was one of the worst of the season. The original songs were lame and unoriginal. Lea Michele continues to hog the screen, as does Darren Criss. The special guest stars didn’t add anything to the show, and there was not one comedic moment. Shame. Glee seems to have peaked at the end of its first thirteen episodes of Season One.

  6. Michael Sacal says:

    V keeps going up week after week, but the outlook remains the same… urgh.

  7. Jessiekins says:

    I really enjoyed V last night. Since it resumed after its revamp, it has steadily improved, although it still, despite all the talk about them on the show, has no soul. Loved all the matricide, patricide and Preying Mantis-ide. I cheered out loud when the Lis-ard ate Tyler. Best line of the season too–“THAT’S how you kill your mother!”. Bring back Jane Badler, though. And where’s Faye Grant? Get her on as Erica’s mother, maybe…then we could have some kind of multigenerational arc.
    Also, more guinea pig consumption.

  8. ErixN says:

    Probably one of my favorite episodes of Glee this season! Too bad ratings went down.

  9. Nicki says:

    I watched “V”, which is still a great show no matter what the numbers say. I wonder who these people are that Nielsen gets it’s numbers from because it’s never anyone I’ve ever met or have known. Makes me wonder if those numbers aren’t skewed in favour of one type of show (meaning: cheap to make) over others. Just wondering.

    • John Berggren says:

      The networks don’t dictate shows in terms of cost and ratings. Of course cheap shows (reality) tend to be successful because people love watching “real” train wrecks. Neilsen does need to be updated in a big way, but I don’t think it’s a budget conspiracy.

      That said, a cheap show will get away with lower ratings than an expensive show.

  10. AndyLuvr says:

    GLEE was lame. I was just watching it while waiting for V to start up at 9 p.m. V really rocked it last night and kudos are in order to Scott Rosenbaum and co. for giving it all they’ve got. I fervently hope it comes back for a third season. It deserves another shot as it’s the most entertaining program in ABC’s Tuesday night lineup.

  11. Llopo says:

    No surprise that Glee is down — seriously.