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Friday, June 26, 2009

Obama's wednesday Primetime Special gave ABC poor ratings

NY Times - By BENJAMIN TOFF; Compiled by Felicia R. Lee
Published: June 25, 2009
Viewers Pass on Obama

ABC’s “Primetime” special on Wednesday, featuring a town hall discussion about health care with President Obama, attracted just 4.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s estimates. It ranked third in its 10 p.m. time slot behind CBS’s rerun of “CSI: NY” and NBC’s debut of “The Philanthropist”; each drew 7.4 million viewers. ABC finished fourth for the night over all, garnering 7.7 million at 8 for “Wipeout” and 4.2 million at 9 for “I Survived a Japanese Game Show.” Fox eked out a No. 1 finish, ahead of NBC, with “So You Think You Can Dance” from 8 to 10 (7.5 million). NBC’s reality competition “America’s Got Talent” had the night’s best ratings with 10.4 million viewers. CBS was third with a lineup of reruns.

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