‘SVU,’ ‘Earl’ power Peacock

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

NBC remained undefeated for the season on Tuesday among young adults, winning the night again this week behind “My Name is Earl” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” CBS won the total-viewer race, with “NCIS” the night’s most-watched program.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Law & Order: SVU” (5.5 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, 14.4 million viewers overall) easily won the 10 o’clock hour and edged past the net’s “My Name is Earl” (5.4/13 in 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall) as the night’s top show in 18-49; both were down vs. their big outings of a week earlier.

Also for NBC, “The Office” (3.7/9 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) again fell off from its “Earl” lead-in, placing third, and “The Biggest Loser” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) opened the night with the net’s best showing in the 8 o’clock hour since January.

At CBS, “NCIS” remains strong in the opening hour (3.9/11 in 18-49, 16.0 million viewers overall), winning in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers. “Amazing Race 8” followed with more solid numbers (4.4/11 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall), and new 10 o’clock drama “Close to Home” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall) was on par with its week-earlier premiere scores.

ABC’s “Commander in Chief” (4.6/11 in 18-49, 15.8 million viewers overall) and “Boston Legal” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall) were both down slightly vs. last week, and 8:30 comedy “Rodney” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) was on the upswing in its second airing of the season. “Chief” again led its hour in adults 25-54, female demos and total viewers.

Reliable prelims aren’t available for Fox’s postseason baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox, but the game earned an 8.9 household rating/13 share in Nielsen’s metered-markets — down from the past two seasons (when the Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs lifted the numbers) but ahead of 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.5/12; CBS, 3.9/10; ABC, 3.6/9; Fox, 3.1/8; WB, 2.4/6; UPN, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.4 million; ABC, 11.7 million; NBC, 10.9 million; Fox, 9.5 million; WB, 5.5 million; UPN, 2.2 million.

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