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Nielsen says Philly viewers are hooked on "Shark" and think "Grey's Anatomy" is good medicine. The World Series, on the other hand, struck out here.
By David Hiltbrand

For the Inquirer

Nielsen recently began furnishing weekly breakdowns of ratings in the country's eight largest TV markets. The results suggest some interesting regional differences, particularly about our area.
We embrace certain series like Law & Order: SVU and Shark more avidly than the rest of the country.

In New York, on the other hand, they love their 60 Minutes. It ranks No. 8 there, versus No. 19 nationally. Start spreadin' the news, Andy Rooney.

In Chicago, they were glued to the 20/20 special on the California fires (No. 7), a program that didn't crack the Top 20 in the rest of the country. The fire special, in fact, ranked far higher in Chicago than it did in Los Angeles, a market in which six of the top 15 shows were on a Spanish-language UHF station.

In Philadelphia, we're crazy about Grey's Anatomy. The madcap medical show consistently ranks higher here than anywhere else. Maybe we should redub the city McPhilly.

The World Series? Not so much. Only one game made Philadelphia's Top 15. Nationally, all four of the contests in Boston's sweep of Colorado made that cutoff.

The strangest ratings anomaly is that everywhere else, Monday's installment of Dancing With the Stars (the top show in all of television) is far more popular than Tuesday's results show. But not in Philadelphia, where the outcome is flip-flopped.

In other words, forget the glitz and glamour. Just show us the part where someone gets the old heave-ho.
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