CBS says its viewership of 10.7 million might have been affected by Monday's football game
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 13, 2010
McGarrett and company dodged a bullet yesterday afternoon as "Hawaii Five-0" won its time slot for the fourth straight week despite coming in second earlier in the day to ABC's "Castle," according to Nielsen ratings numbers released by CBS Television.
The final numbers for last night's episode showed 10.7 million viewers watched the reincarnated crime drama, which was up slightly from yesterday's earlier number of 10.52 million viewers, CBS said.
"Castle" dropped considerably in the final count -- from 12.07 million in the morning to 10.66 million yesterday afternoon. NBC's "Chase" went from 5 million viewers to 4.92 million.
Monday night's "Five-0" audience was considerably smaller than it had been in the past two weeks, when the show drew a little more than 12 million viewers each episode.
Its premiere episode attracted 17.6 million viewers after prime-time watchers and people who recorded the show were tallied.
The network is now projecting that Monday's show will gain 2.67 million viewers after those who recorded the show play it back sometime during the next seven days.
CBS releases preliminary Nielsen numbers early in the day and then finalizes them in the afternoon. After the second episode aired Sept. 27, "Five-0" was behind in the early tally but went on to claim the hour.
With all numbers tallied, "Five-0" has won its time slot every week since it premiered.
CBS said yesterday that the numbers may have been affected by the return of wide receiver Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings on "Monday Night Football" and the San Francisco Giants-Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball playoff game.