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‘Personal’ low for Fox Friday

Sitcom matches 'Sliders' for worst in Fox history

“Getting Personal” has gotten off to a poor start in its intended fall timeslot, equaling the lowest Friday 8:30-9 p.m. rating in Fox history.

Despite a firstrun episode, “Personal” settled for a 2.5 rating, 6 share in that half-hour July 31, matching the rating of a “Sliders” rerun last July 25 as Fox’s worst in the slot. An 8-8:30 p.m. “Personal” rerun managed just a 2.3/5. Both half-hours were fourth in their slots in homes and adults 18-49.

This fall, Fox plans to air “Personal” at 8:30 following rookie “Living in Captivity.”

The second “Personal” failed to capitalize on record-low ABC competition from the R.L. Stine-penned “Ghosts of Fear Street” (4.2/9, lowest rating on record in that slot for ABC).

Those woes at Fox and ABC moved CBS and NBC into a first-place tie for the night in adults 18-49 and households, with CBS leading in adults 25-54. CBS earned a share of the Friday households lead for a second straight week, the first time it’s done that with regular programming since May 6-13, 1988.

Each household rating point represents an estimated 980,000 households, or 1% of the country’s TV homes. A share is the same sort of percentage, except it measures only the homes in which TV is being watched during the timeslot involved.

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