'Millionaire' helps 'Dharma' keep auds

ABC continued its winning ways on Tuesday, but NBC, CBS and the WB all keep pecking away.

The Alphabet rode strong perfs from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (23.57 million viewers, 7.0/21 in A18-49) and “Dharma and Greg” (17.42 million, 7.1/19) to its 20th straight Tuesday victory in viewers and its 19th in 20 weeks in adults 18-49. “Dharma” retained a best-yet 90% of its “Millionaire” adults 18-49 lead-in from the quizzer’s second half-hour (7.8).

NBC stayed close in young adults as 9:30 laffer “Just Shoot Me” (14.01 million, 7.6/19) drew the Peacock’s largest aud in the slot this season and its best adults 18-49 score since Feb. 8. It also was the night’s top show in adults 25-54 (8.0), edging “Millionaire” (7.9).

“Shoot’s” gains were at the expense of “Sports Night,” whose season finale retained just 54% of its demo lead-in (4.6 vs. 7.1). ABC won five of the night’s six half-hours, but NBC’s big advantage at 9:30 helped it close the gap on the night, finishing just 3 shares behind the Alphabet — its most competitive Tuesday finish since Dec. 28.

In viewers, NBC had its best Tuesday (10.52 million) since Feb. 22.

CBS was led by the largest aud for “Judging Amy” (15.77 million) since Nov. 9 and its best adults 18-49 rating (4.6/12) since Dec. 14.

“Amy” also topped “NYPD Blue” for the first time in women 18-49 (6.6 vs. 6.5). The Eye averaged 13.88 million viewers, its largest Tuesday aud since Feb. 29 and its most competitive finish with ABC (13.9 vs. 17.3) since Dec. 29.

Fox’s one-hour “Brady Bunch” and “Different Strokes” minipics failed to match the previous week’s solid demo showing for “Child Geniuses” (4.2/12) but still managed the net’s second best Tuesday score (3.2/9) in seven weeks.

The “Buffy”-“Angel” combo delivered the WB’s largest Tuesday aud (4.99 million) since Feb. 29 and its best adults 18-49 rating (2.2) since Feb. 22.

Adults 18-49 averages through Tuesday (20 days of sweeps): ABC, 5.5/16 (up 28% vs. a year ago); NBC, 5.3/15 (down 12%); Fox, 3.9/12 (down 11%); CBS, 3.4/10 (down 13%).

In total viewers, it’s: ABC, 15.28 million (up 45%); NBC, 12.11 (down 13%); CBS, 11.76 (down 13%); Fox, 8.13 (down 11%).

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