The answers—and more questions, about Project Runway, Sarah Palin and more—in the latest TV ratings quiz:
1. So, was it goodbye or good riddance to Jon & Kate Plus 8? It sure didn't seem like the show wore out its welcome. Last night's series finale was well-attended, attracting 4.3 million viewers, TLC said, up 2 million from last week's penultimate episode. When all was said and done and repeated in the tabloids, the show remained a ratings winner, if not the scandal-boosted phenomenon of earlier in the season.
2. J.Lo or Glambert? Numbers-wise, more people were tuned to the American Music Awards during Lopez's splat (15.4 million for the 9:30 p.m. half hour) than during Lambert's something-or-other (13 million for the 10:30 p.m. half hour). Overall, the three-hour show averaged 14.2 million—the telecast's biggest crowd since 2002, per ABC.
3. Katie Couric is best known as: (A) a network news anchor or (B) a dance machine. The answer is, surprisingly, A. While the Internet is abuzz with Couric's moves, none of the YouTube clips can match, viewer for viewer, her low-rated CBS telecast. Then again, the day is still young...
4. Did Lifetime ruin Project Runway? Nielsen-wise, no. The season-six finale was cable's top reality show (4.3 million, per the latest weekly rankings). And while, yes, the episode was down from the Bravo-aired season-five finale (4.8 million), the show remained a top draw among women. Now, as to who was to blame for the boring designers...
5. Models of the Runway or America's Next Top Model? Tyra Banks presumably does not appreciate the comparison. In any case, her CW show reasserted itself as the genre's top dog, with 3.7 million for its season finale compared to 1.5 million for the newbie Lifetime show's closer.
6. Singing Janet Jackson or talking Janet Jackson? Nearly 12 million watched the pop star open up the AMAs, compared to the 6.6 million who watched her give ABC her first interview since the death of brother Michael Jackson.
7. Sarah Palin or Rihanna? 20/20 viewers elected the singer as the ABC newsmag's top November sweeps interview, with Rihanna's sit-down edging Palin's 8.4 million viewers to 7.9 million.
8. Can Fox News fans get enough of Palin? No. One night, 4.2 million tuned in to see the former veep candidate on Sean Hannity; the next, a near-identical 4.1 million tuned in to see her on The O'Reilly Factor.
9. If TV watchers were moviegoers, how much would Ashton Kutcher and Michelle Pfeiffer's Personal Effects have made last weekend? A respectable $13 million, à la My Sister's Keeper, assuming the 1.8 million who caught the straight-to-DVD flick in its Lifetime debut each bought a ticket at the average price of $7.18.
10. Disney tween show or Disney tween show? Trick question! USA's Monk was cable's most-watched scripted show, with 5.3 million viewers, followed by White Collar, Disney tween show (Suite Life on Deck) and Disney tween show (Phineas and Ferb).
11. Hey, what about the Top 10? Here it is: NCIS (20.3 million); Dancing With the Stars (18.8 million); Sunday Night Football (17.3 million); Dancing With the Stars Results (16 million); 60 Minutes (15.98 million); The Mentalist (15.9 million); CSI (14.9 million); NCIS: Los Angeles (14.87 million); the AMAs (14.2 million); Grey's Anatomy (14.1 million).
(Originally published Nov. 24, 2009, at 12:10 p.m. PT).
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