Ratings: Bent Steady, Happy Endings Ticks Up

There’s not much to see here, so let’s run through Wednesday’s ratings pronto, shall we?

American Idol‘s Top 9 sing-off of course dominated the night with 17.2 million total viewers and a 5.0 demo rating, on par with its week-ago numbers — meaning no decline, and that is something.

NBC bid adieu to two freshman sitcoms last night: Whitney (4.2 mil/1.5) dipped a tenth in the demo, while Chelsea (3.1 mil/1.2) dropped double digits.

NBC’s latest two-pack of Bent, meanwhile, held steady with 2.5 mil and a 0.9 — still, those are anemic numbers for a solid show facing a lotta repeats, and that’s why we cant have nice things, America. Let’s just hope NBC takes a flier here are renews Bent simply because it’s, you know, good.


* Survivor, with 9.6 million total viewers and a 2.8 rating, shed a handful of eyeballs.

* One Tree Hill‘s next-to-last episode everrrrr (1.28 mil/0.6) dropped 15 and 25 percent.

* Happy Endings‘ penultimate Season 2 episode (4.2 mil/1.9) inched up 2 and 6 percent.

And… out!

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  1. kikay says:

    Bent is so good! NBC needs to do something to rework its schedule or promote the show more…

    • Ann says:

      I like the show but I don’t like David Walton, I think that’s his name. I haven’t liked him in any show. He plays his character perfectly though…I just don’t like his character. And his characters are always the same…so I guess I really just hate the characters he plays. I don’t like him being so cocky all the time. He makes me want to slap him everytime he talks!

      • Jess says:

        I agree with this. I want to like Bent, and I really try to, but DW’s character is such a douche. Yes, I know he’s sweet underneath, but one has to wade through so many crappy layers of onion peel to get there, it’s exhausting.

    • pennylane says:

      I do agree that NBC did not do much for Bent but hey…look at the promo they did for Whitney and that was also a PR nightmare so just getting tons of exposure may not be the smartest way to PR a show. It made people hate Whitney and not even give it a chance. For those who did give Whitney time to develop then all saw a really good show. I think we need to do the same with Bent. Give it time to develop and watch what you wish for in regard to the PR of a show.

    • rebecca says:

      i love Bent. completely caught me off guard but i love it. Please NBC keep the show around and for goodness sake… advertise the show!!!

  2. I hope NBC renews Whitney. I love it!

    • Volcfom says:

      Me too! I wish more people stuck around because it’s hit a really good stride. I feel like they shot the season finale as a series finale, but I hope that’s not the case.

      • Jessica says:

        Agreed with both your comments!! I didn’t like Whitney at first, but it got so much better. I laugh so hard almost every episode, I hope they give it a chance.

    • pennylane says:

      I’m a huge fan of Whitney and many viewers gave up on the show way too early. It is one of my favorites to date.

  3. sarah says:

    Bent has quickly become one of my favorite shows. I laugh super hard. The writing is witty and clever and David Walton is AWESOME!! Love him!!!
    They only have 2 more episodes. I really hope it gets another chance at a full season.
    Note to NBC get rid of The Office and replace it with a full season of Bent!!!!!!!!!

  4. ryanandhobbes says:

    I won’t let myself get attached to Bent anymore because it will make me even sadder when it gets cancelled. Such a great show – I was hooked from the pilot.

  5. CJ says:

    Bent is such a great show, it will be really sad to see it go so soon when it has great potential. Time to bid adieu to a tired show like The Office (which the cast all seem to be fleeing from as it is) and invest in sonething fresh and good like Bent. Sadly, I know how this story ends. Nice knowing you, Bent, with your clever writing and believable characters.

  6. Chris Wellman says:

    I’ve stuck with Whitney and I really believe that it’s had a terrible start but has really found the voice of it’s characters, I know a lot of people hate it, but I really hope it gets another season because I want to see if it can get even better.

    Also Bent is insanely awesome. I love Happy Endings but I watched Bent on my DVR before HE. Let’s hope it get another chance this coming fall season.

  7. ggny says:

    im hoping NBC gives Bent a chance next year like ABC did for Happy Endings

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  9. Kelly says:

    Watched Bent last night based on many recommendation and really enjoyed it! Hopefully it sticks around, but I won’t hold my breath.

  10. Lorie says:

    I’m really liking Bent, much more than I expected. Hope it gets renewed.

  11. ElKabong says:

    I’ve decided to view Bent as if it were a UK-style limited-run series.

  12. Velvet says:

    I think Bent is an alright show. I’ve watched all the aired epis and will continue to watch it. I like Amanda Peet.

  13. Ari says:

    The CW has to be hurting. I know that they don’t expect “network” numbers (even though they are considered a network) but geez I think half of their shows are hitting in the .5-.7 range.

    • Mikael says:

      I know that back when CW was the WB, the ratings were so low because not everyone got that channel. I wonder if that’s still the case. Also, CW needs to not just make shows for teenage girls. And for the 2 shows they have that actually aren’t teen girl soaps, they need to stop trying to advertise them as such.

  14. bad kevin says:

    Let’s hope NBC cancels two really bad sitcoms in Whitney & Are You There, Chelsea? and also hope that ABC renews Happy Endings for another season ’cause Penny (Casey Wilson) really makes me laugh. :-)

  15. KSM says:

    Totally forgot Bent was on… and NBC wonders why nobody watches their network. They have the worst promotion department ever.

    • Jess says:

      this so much. I love so many shows on NBC but i never know if they’re new each week and/or when the new airing time is. I would be completely lost without tvline, so with Matt’s help, i’m only PARTIALLY lost… >_> (worst offenders are probably the thursday night comedy line-up! i mean, how many time slots can a show be in during the course of a season! jeez)

  16. pennylane says:

    Whitney was fantastic last night. Loved it and can’t wait to see it again in the fall.
    I watch 2 episodes of Bent and was disappointed. I stuck with Whitney and gave it lots of time to improve and it came around massively so I feel that I can do the same for Bent. It takes time to get things working. So far, Bent is clunky and simply not funny even with a great cast…it can take time to work it out.

  17. Magically Suspicious says:

    I love Bent! And I’m a Whitney fan too, so I hope both shows get a chance to play on.

  18. sylvia says:

    I luv bent please renew…..seriousy hilarious….uv amanda peet and the hot guy…

  19. grace says:

    save bent

  20. efi says:

    bent is great!! please renew it for next season!!