Some "24" ratings comparisons with previous years:TV NotebookGood start for Fox's '24'
By Rick Kissell and Variety
Staff January 15, 2007
The clock is ticking once again and Fox's "24" got off to a nice start with its special two-hour premiere Sunday night. CBS dominated the opening 90 minutes of the evening with NFL playoff action, while NBC's revamped lineup -- including the second week for "Grease" and "The Apprentice" -- looked shaky.
According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, "24" averaged a 6.1 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 and 15.7 million viewers overall from 8 to 10, opening with a 5.8 rating in the first hour and rising to a 6.3 in its second hour. The drama thriller was down from last year's bow (7.0/15 in 18-49, 16.3 million viewers overall), which had the benefit of a football lead-in, but was on par in key demos with the 2005 season opener, which did air behind football.
Show's opening-night perf is all the more impressive given that the AFC playoff game between the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers on CBS didn't wrap until nearly 8:30 in the East. And in its second hour, "24" nearly caught ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (6.8/15 in 18-49, 16.7 million viewers overall), which hit a firstrun series low for the second straight week.http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=14&cs=1