Fox got a mixed bag from its pair of season premieres Monday as “Boston Public” achieved some series highs while “Ally McBeal” approached some all-time lows.
The drama duo — whose preems were delayed due to the net’s postseason baseball coverage — gave Fox a nightly victory in adults 18-49 (5.8/14) and other younger demos, according to Nielsen.
“Boston” (13.82m, 6.3/16 in 18-49) hit new highs in women 18-49 and 25-54, winning its hour by those measures. It also was a close second to CBS’ comedies in total viewers with its second-largest aud to date.
“Ally,” on the other hand, fell to its lowest adults 18-49 rating since its first season (a third-place 5.2/12) and lost competitive ground to the other nets.
For example, CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond” enjoyed its largest-ever advantage over an original “Ally” in adults 18-49 (7.6/18 vs. 5.1/12) and ABC’s “Monday Night Football” ranked as the night’s top show in adults 18-34 (6.7/21), grabbing its best score in six weeks.
ABC won the night in total viewers for the first time in five weeks.
CBS was boosted by the best perfs since March for “Family Law” (12.13m, 4.1/11 in 18-49). Third-year show had its most competitive finish yet opposite NBC’s new crime drama “Crossing Jordan” (12.21m, 4.3/12), which has faded since a strong start.