Aud at home with ‘Bro’

NBC's 'Comic,' 'Dog,' Dateline' trio does well

HOLLYWOOD — Scripted programming was an afterthought on a busy summer Tuesday evening that saw CBS’ “Big Brother 4” open impressively and UPN’s “America’s Next Top Model” wrap with solid numbers.

NBC also did well with its combo of “Last Comic Standing,” “Dog Eat Dog” and “Dateline,” but Fox’s “American Juniors” hit its lowest notes yet. Scripted shows, meanwhile, including firstrun Fox drama “Keen Eddie,” were at the back of the Nielsen pack.

“Top Model,” in which 20-year-old waitress Adrianne Curry was crowned the winner, led the 9 o’clock hour in femmes 12-34 (3.8/12) and was second to “Last Comic” in adults 18-34 (2.7/9). It averaged a 2.3/7 in 18-49 and 4.47 million viewers overall — slight gains over the previous week and some of the best perfs in the hour for regularly skedded series in UPN history.

‘Big’ success

As for “Big Brother” (3.8/13 in 18-49, 9.70 million viewers overall), it led its hour in all key demos, producing the best 18-49 score in the timeslot for CBS since the season premiere of “JAG” in September.

“Big Bro” was up in 18-49 share and overall aud from its 2002 premiere in a Wednesday-at-9 slot. In fact, it’s the largest opening-night audience for the series since its first edition in 2000.

Show, which added a twist this year by inviting into the house the former lovers of some of the players, will air most weeks this summer on three nights: Tuesday (at 8), Wednesday (at 9) and Friday (at 8).

Its strong start was impressive given that it faced firstrun reality programming on NBC and Fox.

NBC’s “Dog Eat Dog,” featuring NFL cheerleaders as contestants, dug up its best scores in five weeks and placed second at 8 (3.3/11 in A18-49, 7.31m), topping Fox’s “American Juniors” (2.6/9, 7.03m) by a best-yet 27% in 18-49.

‘Last’ laughs well

The Peacock also did well at 9 with “Last Comic Standing,” which won its 9 o’clock hour (3.7/11 in A18-49, 7.80m) with its best demo result since bowing June 9.

Fox’s “Keen Eddie” (1.8/5 in 18-49) ran fourth.

NBC’s all-original lineup won the night by a summer-best 50% in 18-49 over second-place ABC (3.6/11 vs. 2.4/7). “Dateline” contributed nicely, winning at 10 (4.0/12 in A18-49).

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