‘Working’ works

Guest prompts top ratings and renewal

A guest appearance by Danica McKellar has propelled NBC’s “Working” to its best adults 18-49 to date, but that success only counterbalanced a poor Wednesday start for the Peacock’s “NewsRadio.”

In March 18 Nielsens, “Working” scored a 9.5 rating, 15 share with an episode featuring McKellar, who played Fred Savage’s sometimes-girlfriend, Winnie, on “The Wonder Years.” It’s the top “Working” households rating since the sitcom’s Oct. 8 premiere (10.0/16). A best-yet 7.1 rating in adults 18-49 gave “Working” its first slot win ever by that key measure.

After that strong performance, NBC renewed “Working” for next season Thursday.

‘NewsRadio’ slips

At 8 p.m. Wednesday, “NewsRadio” rejoined NBC’s Wednesday schedule with a fourth-place 5.9/10 in homes and a third-place 3.8 rating in adults 18-49. It’s the worst 18-49 score by an NBC sitcom in that slot since last Oct. 15 (“Tony Danza”).

The hot “Working” number cooked ABC’s slot competition, “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place” (9.4/15), which held just 75% of its 18-49 lead-in. That’s down from an 89% retention with “Pizza’s” previous-week premiere. Slot predecessor “Ellen” has averaged a 69% retention since Jan. 1.

‘Others’ nearly dead

Fox’s “Significant Others” (4.3/7) looks virtually dead after two tries, falling Wednesday to Fox’s lowest regular-series rating that hour this season and beating WB’s rerun competition by just a single share.

By comparison, last year’s fast-fading “Pacific Palisades” was still at a 6.4/11 in its second week in the same slot.

“Working” built by 18% on its 18-49 lead-in from “3rd Rock From the Sun” (8.5/14 in homes), third-best build to date for “Working.”

Rerun magic

ABC’s regular lineup took the night despite a rerun episode of “Dharma & Greg” (9.7/16), which won its slot over “Beverly Hills 90210” (8.4/14) and a “Seinfeld” repeat (7.6/12).

CBS’ “Michael Hayes” improved by 19% over its previous-best Wednesday rating in adults 25-54.

Each household rating point represents an estimated 980,000 homes, or 1% of the country’s TV homes. Each adults 18-49 rating point reps 1.23 million viewers, 1% of the U.S. total. A share is the same sort of percentage, except it’s measured against only the homes or viewers watching TV during the timeslot involved.

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