TV Ratings: Jack Bauer saves Sunday for Fox, AMAs hit a high

Jack Bauer had only two hours to fight off football players and Amazing Racers, not to mention the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and the Jonas Brothers. But he pulled it off (of course), with his 24: Redemption movie event (which got a boost from Fox’s early-evening post-football coverage), helping Fox win the fiercely competitive Sunday night with an average of 12.1 million viewers. The Kimmel-hosted (and Disney-star-studded) American Music Awards (12.2 million) on ABC hit a four-year high — and scored with the young folks, natch. But it was NBC that had the top-rated show of the night, with its Sunday Night Football match between the Colts and Chargers attracting 12.3 million viewers.

The rest of the weekend, however, was business as usual. CBS took Friday night with its crime lineup: Ghost Whisperer (11.4 million), a repeat of The Mentalist (11.6 million), and Numb3rs (11.2 million). ABC’s Wife Swap (4.8 million) and Supernanny (5.1 million), just couldn’t compete, though stalwart 20/20 (8.2 million) fared well enough. NBC kept up its losing streak with Deal or No Deal (5.7 million), Crusoe (3.5 million), and the now-canceled Lipstick Jungle (3.3 million). And The CW barely registered with Everybody Hates Chris (1.8 million) and The Game (1.6 million). May we suggest a cameo from Kiefer Sutherland — or Miley Cyrus?

More TV News:
24: Redemption gets us psyched for season 7
American Music Awards: Best and Worst
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  • Q-A

    Color me confused, but how can Jack win the night with fewer viewers than two other networks?

  • Kara

    demos matters more than viewers
    for instance…CBS always gets tonnes of viewers for their shows…but their all over 50 (they have the oldest audience than any network)…all the networks want are the 18-49 demo because those are the people that bring in the big bucks with spending…

  • Marc

    I think what he means is that 24: Redemption won the night on FOX, but not overall…probably should have specified though

  • Ryan

    No, I believe FOX beat out the other networks, because they won the 7-8 p.m. hour with football. Her point is that without 24, FOX would have won 7-8, but lost 8-10 so badly that they would’ve had no shot at winning the night overall.

  • jan

    That was a poorly written article. He won the evening by getting the fewest amount of viewers?

  • Anthony A.

    I would love to see Fox pair up the new season of 24 with TSCC on Suday night. I think both shows would shine on that night. Fox, if you are reading this, what do you think??!!

  • Chris

    I hate Carrie Underwood thank God Taylor Swift won I really really hate Carrie Undewood!!!

  • Von

    How stupid can your writer be? This is the most confusing and poorly written news brief imaginable.
    Sutherland’s 24 movie appears to have lost its two-hour time slot yet its performance against the AMA was good enough to have enabled FOX to have won the evening’s overall ratings war.
    I assume this is what your high-school dropout writer must have intended with his scrambled story. A pity that he did not simply state the above.

  • MovieFan

    I’m confused at everyone’s confusion :D
    It seems pretty clear to me. Maybe people just got hung up on the “Jack Bauer taking on the bad guys of football players and amazing racers” schtick and didn’t read the important stuff after the comma about Sunday programming averages.
    I believe that Ms. Armstrong was clear that Fox won the average for the evening. Also, she was clear that football was the highest rated single program. NBC lost the “winning” moniker because their other programs fared so poorly and killed their average.

  • Anonymous

    PLEASE do not put “24” on Sunday nights!!! IF it’s got to be changed, change it BACK to Tuesday nights or just leave it alone on MONDAY nights. MESSAGE TO PROGRAMMERS: STOP changing the times of programs so people can FIND them!!!
    Example: I LOVE “Everybody Hates Chris”, but this show has been bumped and changed so many times it is pathetic! The show is usually very funny and fun to watch – please, please, please leave it alone and let it flourish in ONE time slot!!! I think Friday or early Sunday is good. Again, LEAVE CHRIS ALONE!!! LEAVE JACK AND “24” ALONE!!! We, the audience WATCH when we can FIND!!!

  • Preston

    12.2 million for the American Music Awards and highest in 4 years! I’ll take that! Retooling the awards and getting a bigger array of music stars to perform helped those ratings. One minor glitch–it should have started at 7 pm and ended at 10 pm so that the stars can get to their after parties in LA and have more partying and mingling.
    And I don’t think that Deal or No Deal will last in its Friday time slot. I didn’t know that their Thanksgiving show was on Friday. They used to air it on the holiday in 2006 and 2007.But maybe they don’t want to compete against people eating their Thanksgiving dinners so they gave it a break this year.

  • Jwj

    Screw all the ratings chat, it’s just so nice to have 24 back. And the extended preview of the upcoming season had more action than all of Season 6 combined, so I’ll be ready to tune in come January 11, that’s for sure. And did I actually hear a few “one-liners” during the preview (“I’m just along for the ride”, “Now we’re having fun”, “This time you’ll stay dead”). The writing is already vastly improved. Way to go 24 producers. Can’t wait.

  • Tom

    Jack Bauer is the man. I just ordered a sweet Jack Bauer for President shirt from They have a bunch of Jack Bauer stuff. They said not to tell anyone, but here is a 10% discount code, pts10 (it is case sensitive, so copy and paste it). Enjoy!

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