The Numbers Game

By Ryan Stoppable

Volume 1: Introduction

Because of my lifelong fascination with numbers and mathematics, I tend to keep a close eye on things like TV ratings data. And based on the outstanding response to my first blog post, it seems like there are quite a few of you who like to know how the show is doing as well. Those of you can look no further, because you have arrived at the first official volume of The Numbers Game, your one-stop home for everything you want to know about Phineas and Ferb's viewership figures in the United States.

I would be remiss if I didn't credit TV by the Numbers, because it is their site from which I'll be getting the ratings data, and also Zap2It for their upcoming listings. As a general note, when there are new Phineas and Ferb episodes premiering on Disney Channel US, I'll have plenty to talk about; when there aren't, this blog may become rather...infrequent.

Anyways, "Picture This" / "Nerdy Dancin'" premieres on Disney Channel this Friday night. There's no reason that the show's recent ratings momentum shouldn't continue next weekend, especially with new episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place and The Suite Life on Deck serving as a strong leadin. That said, it probably won't crack the cable Top 10 like the last new episode, as it will have new episodes of not only Wizards and TSL to deal with, but also Hannah Montana and JONAS on Sunday, The Penguins of Madagascar, Fanboy and Chum Chum, and Back at the Barnyard on Saturday morning, and an hourlong iCarly on Saturday night that will beat everything else I just mentioned - and that's just Disney and Nick.

Next week, I'll have the final ratings for Friday night. Until then, remember that the numbers don't lie.

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