Ratings: How Many Went Along for Galactica's Final Trip?
How Friday's fare fared:
CBS' NCAA tourney coverage averaged 8.36 million viewers across prime-time, which was good enough to top each hour yet off 18 percent from the Eye's usual scripted line-up. Wife Swap placed second at 8 pm with 4.85 mil, followed by Howie Do It (3.89 mil). Terminator targeted a 3 percent uptick, hitting 3.65 mil.
Supernanny secured second with 5.38 million viewers, up 13 percent week-to-week. Dollhouse dipped a bit — though not as much as many predicted, given the "other" sci-fi fare over on SyFy Sci Fi — and in fact rose to third place this week with 4.13 mil. Friday Night Lights thus fell to fourth, scoring 3.84 mil (down 13 percent).
Battlestar Galactica's big goodbye, according to early returns, was watched by 2.4 million people — a 56 percent surge from the Season 3 ender and the series' best numbers since the Season 2.5 premiere (Jan. 6, 2006). Of note, BSG typically tacks on 700K through DVR+7. Be sure to check out Erin Fox's recap and Ronald D. Moore's illuminating post-mortem.
Basketball, 20/20 (6.63 mil), Dateline (6.07 mil).