NBC’s ‘Kid’ beats ‘Star’

CBS show sees second soft sesh; ABC's 'Joe' improves

NBC’s “America’s Most Talented Kid” easily defeated CBS’ “Star Search” on Friday in the first head-to-head battle between the midseason talent show entries.

According to prelim Nielsen nationals, the Mario Lopez-hosted “Talented Kid” (3.6/12 in adults 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall) led its 8 o’clock hour for a second straight week despite additional competish from “Star Search” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.5 million), which was preempted by basketball the previous week. “Kid” was virtually flat week-to-week.

ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (3.2/10, 10.1 million) ran second in the demo for the hour, followed by Fox’s “Fastlane” (2.3/8, 4.8m) and “Star Search” (1.9/6, 7.5m). “Search” had averaged a 3.2/11 in its first three Friday tries and either won or challenged for the hour’s lead.

Friday’s soft “Search” perf comes on the heels of Wednesday’s weak showing (2.6/7 in A18-49), when the series returned for its third edition.

Also Friday, ABC’s 9:30 comedy “Regular Joe” (2.4/7 in A18-49) looked perkier in its second try. It held 89% of its repeat “8 Simple Rules” lead-in (2.7/8) to edge out Fox’s “John Doe” (2.3/7) for second in the demo.

Night also saw good news for “Ed” in its new slot (prelim 3.7/11 in adults 18-49, 10.3m), as the NBC drama recorded the most convincing 18-49 victory in the 9 o’clock hour for any net since January (42% over ABC).

NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” (prelim 5.6/17 in A18-49) rolled at 10.

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