CBS's winning streak continues as the November ratings derby kicks in. It is the first network to win the first seven weeks of a TV season since the late '80s. But last week's really big news? Latin Grammys thrive in the trophy show's first post-CBS broadcast.
Here's a look at the week's top and bottom:
Latin Grammys. Off CBS and on Univision, the sixth annual Latin Grammy Awards erupted, attracting an average audience of more than 5 million viewers -- nearly 2 million better than last year's CBS telecast. In fact, Thursday's show outperformed all but the first Latin Grammys' broadcast on CBS (which snagged 7.5 million viewers). Univision tied Fox and beat UPN and WB for the night.
"Category 7," ironically, didn't pack as much punch as "Category 6" (14.3 million viewers compared with 19.3 million). But it did come in about 5 million better than CBS is averaging with the Sunday movie this season, and it's a rare sequel that does as well as the original. Best of all, "C7" took a noticeable chunk of the "Desperate Housewives" audience, which hit a season low of fewer than 24 million.
"Boondocks." Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block notes that "Boondocks" is its best series launch ever among the 18-to-34-year-olds it targets. That said, the new animated series based on the comic strip attracted an average audience of 2.3 million viewers and the network's prior four-week average in that Sunday 11 p.m. slot with "Family Guy" reruns was 2.8 million. Problem with a Winners/Losers column is that there's no On the Fence category.
Anderson Cooper. Cooper took over "NewsNight's" 10-to-midnight slot this past Monday after CNN showed "NewsNight" anchor Aaron Brown the door. Cooper clocked 631,000 viewers. In October, Brown (with his replacement "co-anchoring") logged 665,000 viewers. Now let's look at the same night one year ago: CNN averaged virtually the same audience -- 632,000 viewers -- only with Brown's show running one hour at 10 and a Lou Dobbs rerun at 11. Breaking them out, Brown averaged 781,000 viewers that night, the Dobbs rerun 482,000. For the sake of perfect clarity, this past Monday, the first hour of Cooper's show averaged 758,000 viewers, the second hour 503,000 viewers. Welcome to prime time, Cooper.
The week's 10 most watched programs, in order, were: CBS's "CSI"; ABC's "Desperate Housewives"; CBS's "Without a Trace" and "Survivor: Guatemala"; ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"; CBS's "NCIS"; ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"; CBS's "Cold Case"; ABC's "Monday Night Football"; and CBS's "Criminal Minds."