NBC’s stalwarts strong, ABC perks up

'OC' rocks for Fox, but Alphabet skein hotter

Fox drama “The OC” hit some series highs with its fall premiere Wednesday, but it was no match for ABC’s hot “The Bachelor,” which delivered the night’s top score among young adults.

On the eve of the November sweep, “OC” and “That ” ’70s Show” both looked solid for Fox, but the net didn’t do as well at 8:30 with the season premiere of comedy “A Minute With Stan Hooper.”

According to Nielsen Media Research, “The OC” ran third for its hour in adults 18-49 (4.2/10) but second in adults 18-34 (5.5/15). It also led its hour in 12-34 and hit series highs in women 18-34 and total viewers (9.27 million).

Star of the night was ABC’s “The Bachelor,” which three weeks from its finale delivered Wednesday’s top score in adults 18-49 (6.3/16) and was seemingly unfazed by “The OC.”

“Bachelor” also topped its hour in total viewers, with this edition’s best showing to date (13.85 million).

Ratings are ‘Relative’

ABC also received a strong perf at 8:30 from “It’s All Relative” (4.0/11 in 18-49, 9.43m), which built on its lead-in for the first time and led its slot in 18-49.

“Relative,” which was among four first-year ABC comedies Thursday to get picked up for the entire season, topped the premiere of Norm Macdonald starrer “A Minute With Stan Hooper” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 7.11m), which retained just 72% of its “’70s” 18-49 lead-in. “Hooper” did lead its slot in 18-34 (4.1/12) and all adult male demos.

At 8, the season preem of Fox comedy “That ’70s Show” (5.0/14 in 18-49, 9.93m) led its slot virtually across the board in key demos, besting ABC’s “My Wife and Kids” (3.8/11 in 18-49, 10.13m) by 32% in 18-49.

‘L&O’ clinches Peacock win

NBC, solid at 8 with “Ed” (best-since-preem 3.3/9 in 18-49) and at 9 with “West Wing” (second-place 4.4/11 in 18-49), inched ahead of ABC for the night’s lead in 18-49 with a winning perf at 10 from “Law & Order” (5.9/17 in 18-49, 16.17m), which easily defeated ABC drama “Karen Sisco” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 7.68m).

CBS showed year-to-year growth with “60 Minutes II” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 12.38m) and 9 o’clock comedy “King of Queens” (4.0/10 in 18-49, 12.48m).

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