Alphabet lineup spells Tues. win

With NBC preempting its sitcom lineup for baseball, ABC won Tuesday night and increased its adults 18-49 rating by 10% from last Tuesday.

ABC, which won every half-hour, averaged a 13.2/22 in households and an 8.8 in adults 18-49, while baseball on NBC placed second with a 10.5/17 in households and a 5.5 in young adults.

CBS was third, with a 7.9/13 in households and a 3.2 in adults 18-49, while Fox’s Tuesday movie was fourth, with a 5.0/8 in homes and a 2.7 in adults 18-49. UPN averaged a 3.0/5 in homes and a 1.5 in young adults.

The season’s second episode of “Soul Man” (12.1/19 HH and 7.6 adults 18-49) increased a slight 1% from last week’s premiere in adults 18-49 to its highest-rated episode ever. At 9:30 p.m., ABC’s new sitcom “Hiller and Diller” (12.1/19 HH and 8.4) grew 24% from last week in adults 18-49, but lost 26% of its “Home Improvement” lead-in (still an improvement over last week’s 31% loss).

CBS’ new male-targeted dramas got less of a boost from NBC’s sitcom absence, perhaps because many watched baseball instead. At 9 p.m., “Michael Hayes” (7.9/12 HH and 3.0 adults 18-49) placed third, dropped 3% in young adults from last week and lost 23% of its “JAG” lead-in. The drama still managed to increase the timeslot performance from last year in young adults by 20%.

CBS’ 10 p.m. drama “Dellaventura” (6.9/12 HH and 2.7) was up 4% from last week in adults 18-49, but fell in that demo from the timeslot performance last year and lost 10% of its lead-in, also placing third.

The Fox Tuesday movie continued to drag down the network, placing fourth in young adults each half-hour. NBC placed second in young adults each half-hour with Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. While the performance hurt NBC’s Tuesday average, it performed 17% better in young adults than the same game did on Fox last season.

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