Sturdy start for ‘Justice’

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC cop show “Blind Justice” delivered solid second-place ratings in its premiere Tuesday, a night that saw Fox dominate the opening two hours with “American Idol” and “House,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

From 10 to 11, Steven Bochco drama “Blind Justice” (4.5 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall) beat out CBS’ “Judging Amy” (2.9/8 in adults 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall) and placed second to NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (5.8/15 in adults 18-49, 14.7 million viewers overall), which logged its best scores in seven weeks.

“Justice” outperformed this season’s “NYPD Blue” average in the Tuesday-at-10 slot by 32% in adults 18-49 (4.5/12 vs. 3.4/9) and by 61% in adults 18-34 (2.9/8 vs. 1.8/6).

Fox’s “American Idol” (11.6/29 in adults 18-49, 27.5 million viewers overall) dominated at 8 – up vs. the same night a year ago and again outperforming the other five broadcast nets combined. Rookie drama “House” followed at 9 with series highs (6.6/16 in adults 18-49, 16.3 million viewers overall), airing a repeat of an episode from the fall when fewer people were hooked on the show.

CBS was a competitive second in the 9 o’clock hour with “Amazing Race 7” (4.8/11 in adults 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall), topping ABC’s hour of firstrun “According to Jim” (third-place 4.1/10 in adults 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall).

NBC comedy “Committed” again struggled at 9:30 (2.5/6 in adults 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), retaining just 83% of its repeat “Will & Grace” lead-in (3.0/7 in adults 18-49).

Preliminary adults 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 9.1/22; ABC, 3.8/10; CBS, 3.5/9; NBC, 3.4/8′ WB, 1.7/4; UPN, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 21.9 million; CBS, 11 million; ABC, 10.1 million; NBC, 8.5 million; WB, 3.9 million; UPN, 2.2 million.

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