‘Frasier’ continues momentum

Tuesday ratings help NBC, CBS

NBC rode its early-season “Frasier” momentum to another victory among young adults Tuesday, while CBS was the most-watched net on the night for the first time in 10 months.

According to Nielsen, the Peacock’s “Frasier” was the night’s top program among both total viewers (18.62 million) and adults 18-49 (8.5/21), leading the net to its second straight Tuesday triumph in the key demo. NBC also received another fairly strong showing from rookie sitcom “The Michael Richards Show,” despite its expected sharp week-to-week declines.

At CBS, strong perfs by “JAG” (13.82 million) and “Judging Amy” (15.01) boosted the net past ABC for its first total-viewers victory on a Tuesday since December — before ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” became a regular on the night. The Alphabet had won the final 21 Tuesdays last season and the first three weeks this fall before NBC broke through a week ago behind huge numbers for the one-hour “Frasier” premiere.

Scary drop

Overall viewing levels on Halloween dropped considerably vs. previous Tuesdays this season, with a 20% decrease among teens and a 15% falloff among A18-34 viewership hitting Fox the hardest.

“That ’70s Show,” “Titus” and “Dark Angel” each fell to their lowest ratings of the season, but the net still edged ABC for second in adults 18-49 (4.7/12 to 4.6/12). ” ’70s Show” (4.9/15) won its half-hour in 18-49 for the fourth straight week, while “Dark Angel” (4.9/12), which on Wednesday was picked up by Fox for the rest of the season, placed second to NBC’s comedies.

“Frasier” had a strong second outing on Tuesday, winning its half-hour by 71% in viewers over ABC’s “Dharma & Greg” (18.62 million to 10.90 million) and by 77% in adults 18-49 over second-place “Dark Angel” (8.5/21 to 4.8/12).

‘Richards’ OK

At 8 p.m., “Michael Richards” (9.96 mil, 4.5/14 in A18-49) was off by 24% in its second outing — not a bad dropoff considering the Halloween factor, the critical pounding the show has taken and the increased comedy competition in its timeslot this week from Fox.

Last season, only one NBC comedy episode in the Tuesday leadoff position (“Just Shoot Me” in November) logged a higher 18-49 rating than the 4.5 for “Richards,” which finished second. Similarly, only one 9 p.m. Tuesday comedy episode (“Will & Grace” in September) delivered a better demo rating than “Frasier’s” 8.5.

“Frasier,” which continues to get good ratings mileage out of its Niles-Daphne storyline, is not expected to stay this hot in upcoming weeks — at least that must be what comedy rival ABC is hoping.

‘Frasier’ does demo

The Alphabet’s “Dharma & Greg” (10.90 million viewers, 4.5/11 in A18-49) and “Geena Davis Show” (10.34 mil, 4.9/12) were overwhelmed by “Frasier” for the second straight week. “Geena,” airing opposite a “Just Shoot Me” repeat on NBC, improved on its “Dharma” lead-in by 9% in 18-49.

At 10 p.m., ABC drama “Once and Again” was up 5% week-to-week in adults 18-49 (to a 4.6/13), winning its hour one week after finishing fourth. CBS’ “Judging Amy” won the hour in viewers and adults 25-54, building on its “60 Minutes II” lead-in by 41% in viewers and 70% in the demo.

Tuesday, the night that has been most disrupted in the early going this season by debates and baseball, will have one final fall disturbance next week: election night. The final piece of the Tuesday puzzle will be put into place on Nov. 14, when the Delta Burke-David Alan Grier laffer “DAG” joins the NBC lineup in the post- “Frasier” slot.

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