'Millionaire' wins slot by 21 shares

The relaunch of the Fox animated series “Family Guy” and the debut of UPN actioner “Secret Agent Man” failed to get out the Nielsen vote Tuesday despite local preemptions on other networks for election coverage in many cities.

Both nets have struggled on Tuesdays this season and looked to launch these series as counterprogramming tickets on a night when the Big 3 webs traditionally cut into shows or, in some markets, preempt programs altogether for news updates.

“Family Guy” (7.33 million viewers, 3.5/9 in adults 18-49), which began the season on Fox’s Thursday lineup but was quickly yanked due to low ratings, placed second in adults 18-49 in its Tuesday debut and ranked as the No. 1 show of the night in teens (6.3/20). However, it retained only 73% of its adults 18-49 lead-in from an original episode of “That ’70s Show.”

And beginning next week, “Family Guy” will air following repeats of “That ’70s Show” and directly opposite another animated laffer, NBC’s new “God, the Devil and Bob.”

“Secret Agent Man,” the Barry Sonnenfeld/Barry Josephson action drama for Columbia TriStar TV, drew 2.68 million viewers and logged an adults 18-49 score of 1.1/3. The rating is only a slight improvement over what the netlet had been averaging recently in the 8 p.m. hour with “I Dare You! The Ultimate Challenge,” although “Agent’s” young-adult audience did grow in its second-half hour — usually a good sign for new dramas.

Both “Family Guy” and “Secret Agent Man” were clobbered by ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” which won its 8:30 half-hour by a colossal 21 shares in homes and by 20 shares in adults 18-49.

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