ABC’s ‘Right’ places 3rd

Fox still nudging ABC for sweeps score

The ABC debut of “Something So Right” fell just below the show’s season average on NBC last year and trailed slightly behind the “Soul Man” average in the Tuesday 8:30 p.m. timeslot in homes.

However, the show outrated its adults 18-49 average from last year and tied “Soul Man’s” timeslot average in that demo.

The Universal TV sitcom, which ABC picked up after NBC canceled it, debuted to a third-place 9.3/14 in homes and fell 8% from its “Home Improvement” repeat lead-in. It was second in adults 18-49 (6.2), building one-tenth of a rating point on its lead-in.

The Tuesday 9 p.m. premiere of CBS’ “Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel” rated a fourth-place 7.8/12 in homes and fifth-place 2.8 in adults 18-49, behind the WB’s “Dawson’s Creek.” However, the show increased 5% from its season average in the Wednesday 9 p.m. timeslot in homes, was on par with its young adults season average, and it improved the network’s timeslot average in both categories by 4%. Fox worked its magic on the night, with back-to-back specials on “Breaking the Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.” For the evening, Fox averaged an 11.0/17 in homes and a third-place 6.7 in young adults.

NBC won the night in adults 18-49 (7.0), while placing second in homes. ABC was second among young adults (6.9) and third in homes (10.4/17). CBS placed fourth in homes (7.4/12) and adults 18-49 (2.7).

Sweeps-to-date, with just one night left, Fox is leading ABC in both homes and young adults. If Fox can pull it off, it would be the first time it defeats a Big 3 network in homes for a sweeps period, but ABC’s strong Wednesday could save it that embarrassment.

Tuesday at 8 p.m., a repeat of “Home Improvement” won the timeslot with a 10.1/16 in homes and a 6.1 in young adults. CBS’ “JAG” was second in homes (9.6/15) and fourth among adults 18-49 (3.4). “Mad About You” was third in homes (9.1/14) and second among young adults (5.7).

At 8:30 p.m., Fox took off with the second half-hour of “Breaking the Code,” which was a repeat of the special that aired in November. It placed first in homes (11.1/17) and young adults (6.6) for the half-hour. The entire repeat averaged a 10.0/16 in homes and a 5.9 in young adults, which was down from the 15.0/22 it averaged in November. Part 2 of “Breaking the Code” averaged a 12.0/18 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

NBC’s highly promoted return of the Lilith character to “Frasier” generated monster numbers at 9 p.m. for the sitcom, which won its timeslot in homes (13.4/20) and young adults (9.0) against ABC’s “Home Improvement” (11.6/17 and 8.3).

At 9:30 p.m., “Just Shoot Me” placed second in homes (11.1/17) behind Fox’s magic special, but dominated among young adults (8.3). A second episode of “Something So Right” placed third (8.3/13 and 5.9) on ABC, dropping four share points from an original “Home Improvement.”

At 10 p.m., NBC’s “Dateline” placed first in homes (12.0/21) and second among young adults (6.9), behind ABC’s “NYPD Blue” (11.4/20 and 7.4). CBS’ “Four Corners” was a distant third (4.8/8 and 1.8).

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