‘Simple Life’ scores for Fox

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox’s fish-out-of-water reality skein “The Simple Life” scored big numbers in its debut Tuesday night, dominating its timeslot and helping the net to a nightly victory among young adults, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

At 8:30, “Simple Life” (5.9/16 in adults 18-49, 13 million viewers overall) was the clear winner in every category from teens to adults 25-54, building sharply on its lead-in from a repeat “That ’70s Show” (3.3/10 in adults 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall). And from 9 to 10, “24” (4.3/11 in adults 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall) tied with ABC’s comedies for the 18-49 lead.

NBC also did well its premiere Tuesday, as “The Tracy Morgan Show” (4.1/12 in adults 18-49, 10 million viewers overall) gave the net its strongest comedy delivery in the 8 o’clock time period this season; a second seg dipped a bit at 8:30 to 3.8/10 in the demo. Net dominated the 10 o’clock hour with “Law & Order: SVU” (5.1/14 in adults 18-49, 13.7 million viewers overall).

At ABC, new drama “Line of Fire” was slow out of the gate (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) but did pretty well in male demos. The Alphabet was strong from 8 to 9 with “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (4.3/12 in adults 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall) and at 9 with comedy “According to Jim” (4.7/12 in adults 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall), which beat NBC’s “Frasier” (4.1/10 in adults 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall).

CBS was much stronger than usual on a Tuesday from 9 to 11 with the premiere of theatrical “Miss Congeniality” (3.8/10 in adults 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.5/12; NBC, 4.3/11; ABC, 3.9/10; CBS, 3.4/9; UPN, 1.2/3; WB, 1.0/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.6 million; NBC, 11.0 million; Fox, 10.4 million; ABC, 10.1 million; WB, 3.0 million; UPN, 2.8 million.

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