What is it about animated dads?
BBM/Nielsen Top 30 – March 19-25, 2007

Is the coming Simpsons flick building buzz for the series and other animated comedies? The long-running cartoon is consistently getting millions of eyeballs for Global, and Family Guy is showing up on the national Top 30. Along with American Dad, the toons proved more popular than the fifth grader game show in Calgary, and they're doing well in other urban markets.

Here are the national winners (for all persons 2+, all times ET) according to BBM/Nielsen – March 19-25.

Monday: CTV’s CSI: Miami took the night’s top numbers in the 10 pm time slot, raking in an average 2.469 million viewers, up from 1.861 million. The net’s Dancing with the Stars won at 8 pm with a 1.864 million average against Global’s Prison Break, which earned 1.426 million. Global won at 9 pm with 24‘s 1.212 million average (down from 1.37 million in the previous week’s chart).

Tuesday: CTV’s two-hour time slot for American Idol, from 8-10 pm, won the night and the Top 30 with 2.702 million viewers, down slightly from the previous week’s average of 2.742 million. The net kept a 1.505 million average through the 10 pm time slot with Law & Order: SVU. Global’s House won at 9 pm with 1.399 million viewers, up from 1.308 million on the previous week’s Tuesday night airing.

Wednesday: It was a close race, but ultimately the crown went again to CTV’s American Idol, which got 2.279 million viewers in the 9 pm time slot – almost the same as the previous week’s chart. The net got the second highest average of the night with CSI: New York, earning 2.211 million viewers at 10 pm, up from the show’s previous average of 1.585 million. Global’s Survivor: Fiji got 2.07 million viewers for a national average at8 pm, settling just below the other two shows on this Top 30. CTV’s Lost, the previous week’s 8 pm winner, got 1.118 million viewers, down slightly from 1.206 million. CTV’s Crossing Jordan, at 9 pm, measured an 868,000 AMA on this chart, down from 1.138 million on the previous chart.

Thursday: CTV’s Grey’s Anatomy won Thursday night with a 2.664 million average at 9 pm, down slightly from 2.7 million. Global’s Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? won at 8 pm again with an average of 1.404 million, down from 1.804 million on the previous chart. CTV’s Criminal Minds earned 1.323 million at 10 pm, down from the previous week’s 1.64 million. The net’s CSI, at 8 pm, took last place on the night’s prime time list, with an average of 1.283 million.

Friday: CTV’s Law & Order, the only Friday night drama to hit the Top 30, raked in 1.076 million viewers at 10 pm, down from 1.183 million the previous week.

Saturday: Game one of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada averaged 1.448 million viewers, down from 1.633 million on the previous week’s chart. CTV’s W-FIVE, airing at 7 pm, earned 892,000.

Sunday: CTV’s Amazing Race took the night with 1.958 million viewers in the 8 pm time slot, up from the previous chart’s 1.821 million average. The net’s 9 pm offering, Cold Case, earned a 1.473 million average, up from 1.341 million. Global’s Simpsons took 1.14 million viewers at 8 pm, and the show served as a good lead-in for the net’s Family Guy, which got 1.06 million at 9 pm.

For lists of the top 30 TV shows nationally and by region for the week, according to BBM/Nielsen, please click the links below: