Eye closing in on Peacock

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

NBC remained on top of the key young-adult demo categories on the second Thursday of the season, but CBS is closing the gap. Paced by “CSI,” the Eye net shaved the Peacock’s adults 18-49 advantage on the night to 22% and the two nets finished in a virtual first-place tie in adults 25-54, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

CBS also led the evening in total viewers.

For NBC, “Friends” (10.1/29 in adults 18-49, 21.9 million viewers overall) again led the way and was the top program in 18-49, while “ER” (9.6/26 in adults 18-49, 20.6 million viewers overall) doubled drama competish “Without a Trace” on CBS in 18-49. Also, the season preem of “Scrubs” (8.2/22 in adults 18-49, 17.4 million viewers overall) tied the second half of CBS’ “Survivor” in 18-49 at 8:30, while both “Will & Grace” (8.6/22) and “Coupling” (7.0/17) ran second to “CSI.”

“Coupling,” although down from its premiere in rating, retained more of its “Will & Grace” lead-in (81% in 18-49) than during premiere week (76%).

The Eye’s “CSI” (9.2/23 in adults 18-49, 25.9 million viewers overall) won its 9 o’clock hour in key categories like adults 18-49 and 25-54 while remaining the evening’s most-watched program overall. “Without a Trace” (4.8/13 in 18-49, 15.6 million viewers overall) was a solid second at 10, while “Survivor” (7.5/21 in adults 18-49, 19.5 million viewers overall) kicked off the night with a second-place finish in 18-49 and first-place honors among adults 25-54 and total viewers.

Fox continues to do well with postseason baseball, as Game 2 of the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees series delivered a 7.6 rating/12 share in metered-market overnights, the best for a Division Series game on the net since 1999.

ABC saw its numbers perk up week-to-week, led by “Extreme Makeover” at 9 (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and “Primetime” at 10 (3.0/8 in adults 18-49, 8 million viewers overall). New 8 o’clock drama “Threat Matrix” (2.0/6 in adults 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) was also up.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 8.8/23; CBS, 7.2/19; Fox, 2.8/7; ABC, 2.7/7; UPN, 1.6/4; WB, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: CBS led with 20.3 million to NBC’s 18.6 million.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More TV News from Variety

Loading