New laffer improves on 'Hughleys' lead
UPN comedy “One on One,” the first new broadcast network series to bow this season, opened to solid ratings Monday.According to Nielsen, the laffer averaged 4.9 million viewers and a 1.9/5 in adults 18-49, improving slightly on its lead-in from the second-season preem of “The Hughleys” (4.17m, 1.8/5) and giving the netlet its best marks at 8:30 since September 2000. “One,” a domestic comedy starring Flex Alexander and Kyla Pratt as his 14-year-old daughter, fared best among female teens (4.3/14), building on its lead-in (3.1/11) by 42%. For the night, UPN’s half-original/half-repeat lineup drew a larger aud than both the WB and Fox and placed first among teens and female teens. Laffers “The Parkers” and “Girlfriends” return next week with original segs to round out the lineup. Elsewhere Monday, ABC’s network preem of “Glimmer Man” delivered the largest aud (11.81 million) and 18-49 rating (4.1/11) for any movie on any net since the May sweep. Net, which won the night in viewers and 18-49, also fared well at 8 with a repeat of “Classic Bloopers” (9.35m), which outdrew a firstrun “Weakest Link” on NBC (9 million). On Tuesday, CBS’ “Big Brother 2” surged to new highs across the board, including total viewers (11.19 million), adults 18-49 (5.5/14), adults 25-54 (5.7/13) and 18-34 (5.5/16). It won the 9 p.m. hour by 4 shares in 18-49, delivering the Eye’s best rating for any program since the season finale of “Everybody Loves Raymond” in May — and the best in the time period since May 1999 (“Joan of Arc”). Tuesday’s averages also bested those for last summer’s “Big Brother” finale (11.13m, 5.0/17 in A18-49). Fox’s “Murder in Small Town X,” meanwhile, wrapped its disappointing seven-week run with a two-hour finale that averaged a mere 4 million viewers. UPN’s quickie move of “WWF Smackdown” to the night paid off reasonably well (Daily Variety, Sept. 4). Although it logged the franchise’s second lowest 18-49 score this summer (2.2/6), it gave UPN its best Tuesday scores ever among young males.