American Inventor Show Hurt By Competition

Yipes!! It seems like our TV show has been dramtically weakened by the competition. Will it be back or will ratings continue its slide?

Poof! 'American Inventor' up in smoke.

Returning 'CSI' blows a hole in ABC reality hit By Diego Vasquez Mar 31, 2006

ABC’s “American Inventor” had a strong first two weeks, dominating weaker-than-usual competition. But with NCAA basketball over and “CSI” back on Thursday night, the ABC reality show fell off sharply in its third outing last night.

"Inventor” posted a 3.7 overnight rating among viewers 18-49 in the 9 p.m. timeslot last night, down 30 percent from the 5.3 it averaged over its first two episodes, when it was up against CBS’s men’s basketball tournament coverage. No one would have expected “Inventor’s” ratings to stay where they were before TV’s No. 1 crime drama returned from its mini-hiatus, but a 30 percent dropoff is not good news for ABC, which plans to move “Commander in Chief” to Thursday nights in two weeks to lead out of “Inventor.” ABC is still better off than it was a few months ago, when it rarely rose above a 3.0 in the timeslot. And “Inventor” did manage to deflate the return of “CSI.” The Vegas-set procedural posted a 7.9 among 18-49s last night, down 13 percent from the 9.1 it had averaged over its last four original episodes. That 7.9 was 68 percent better than the 4.7 CBS averaged in the slot the past two weeks with NCAA basketball. “Inventor” was third in it timeslot last night among 18-49s, behind “CSI” and NBC’s comedies “My Name is Earl” and “The Office,” which it finished ahead of in its first two outings. Read more at Media Life.