Latest AFI spec is music to Eye net's ears

The American Film Institute’s latest “100 Years” spec, about movie songs, struck a chord with auds Tuesday, drawing more than 12 million viewers and helping CBS take the night in several ratings categories.

Tuesday also saw a solid start for ABC News’ limited-run series “NYPD 24/7″ and more winning, but not quite as hot, numbers for NBC’s “Last Comic Standing 2.”

According to Nielsen, the three-hour “AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Songs” averaged a 3.0 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 to finish a tick behind NBC’s lineup for first place in the key demo. That’s a 20% rise from the 2.5/7 for last year’s “100 Heroes & Villains” and the best score for the annual AFI specs since “100 Thrills” in 2001.

Also, “100 Songs” took the night for CBS in adults 25-54 (3.9/11) and total viewers (12.32 million), with the latter result the best score for an “AFI 100 Years” spec since “100 Laughs” four years ago.

The Eye matched its strongest Tuesday in 18-49 since December (“Miss Congeniality”).

Elsewhere, “NYPD 24/7,” an ABC News docu series narrated by “NYPD Blue’s” Dennis Franz, averaged a 2.8/8 in 18-49 and 7.04 million viewers overall. Although it ran third for the 10 o’clock hour, it was an improvement over “Blue” repeats last summer.

NBC’s “Last Comic Standing 2″ (3.9/11 in 18-49, 8.49m) led at 9 in demos, although with its lowest firstrun score of the season, topping “100 Songs” on CBS as well as firstrun dramas “The Jury” on Fox (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.26m) and “Summerland” on the WB (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.73m).

“Jury” inched up in its third week, while “Summerland” was roughly flat week-to-week with its fourth episode. Lori Loughlin starrer placed second for its hour in femmes 12-34 (2.9/9).

At 8, NBC unscripted skein “Next Action Star” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 4.88m) fell slightly from its OK start last week, placing third in 18-49 and second in 18-34 (2.2/8).

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