ABC, NBC take sweeps down to the wire

'Dark Angel' wins night for Fox

HOLLYWOOD — The young and male auds are in Fox’s corner on Tuesdays this season, this week powering the net to victory in key demos with some of its best ratings of the season.

Net, which last season struggled mightily on the night, captured the November sweep’s final Tuesday in adults 18-49 (6.0/15), 18-34 (6.9/19) and teens (6.6/20). Key to the strong showing was a No. 1 finish in all male demos — including 25-54 — but the net was also tops in women 18-34.

“Dark Angel” drew the night’s largest aud (12.58 million) and best 18-49 rating (6.3/14) for Fox, its best scores in six weeks. “Dark” won its second half-hour in the demo after trailing only NBC’s “Frasier” at 9.

“That ’70s Show” again won the 8 o’clock half-hour in 18-49 with its best score since premiere night (6.1/16), while “Titus” matched its best 18-49 rating of the season (5.5/13), placing second to ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” The second-year “Titus” also set a new high in teens (7.1/20) and posted its best marks since March in adults 18-34 (6.6/18) and women 18-34 (6.6/17).

Total viewers for ABC

ABC won Tuesday in total viewers (14.0 million) to move ahead of NBC by that measure for the sweep with one night left to be counted. Through Tuesday, ABC led with an average of 13.87 million viewers, with second-place NBC at 13.80 million.

Alphabet net also received some good demo news for several of its series, including the best 18-49 rating of the season for “Once & Again” (4.7/12) and the top Tuesday demo score (except for a celebrity edition) for “Millionaire” (5.6/14). “Once” topped CBS’ “Judging Amy” (4.5/12) for the first time this sweep, although both lost out to NBC’s “Dateline” (4.9/13).

And at 9:30, “Geena Davis” attracted its largest audience (11.23m) and best 18-49 rating (5.1/12) in the slot since its premiere. It still finished behind its comedy competition on NBC, “DAG” (6.0/14), but the 2-share gap is the smallest in their three meetings to date.

Peacock’s ‘Richards’ wriggles

NBC, meanwhile, continues to struggle at the outset of the night with “Michael Richards” before turning it on at 9 with “Frasier.”

“Richards” fell to fourth place in 18-49 (3.2/9) and has now slipped with all four episodes since its premiere. “Frasier,” though, racked up its best rating of the sweep (7.7/18).

At CBS, “JAG” came through with its best marks of the sweep (13.31m, 3.7/9 in A18-49), but “60 Minutes II” (11.31m, 2.6/6) followed with its worst.

Among the weblets, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” combined to give the WB year-to-year gains of 20% in adults 18-49 (to a 2.4/6) and 18-34 (2.8/8), while “The Players Club” delivered UPN’s third-best 18-49 movie rating of the season (1.7/4).

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