Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

CBS unscripted skein “Armed & Famous” opened to credible numbers Wednesday, winning its hour among young adults, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

From 8 to 9, “Armed & Famous,” in which a group of celebrities including Erik Estrada and La Toya Jackson train to become cops in a small Indiana town, led in adults 18-49 (2.9 rating/8 share, 8.2 million viewers overall), coming in a bit below the season average for drama “Jericho” in the time period. Show, which also gets a special airing tonight at 8, will regularly air Wednesdays at 8 until “Jericho” returns on Feb. 14.

Also in the opening hour, ABC’s hour of “According to Jim” ran second in demos (2.7/7 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) and first in total viewers, with NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) and Fox’s repeat of “Bones” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) tying for third.

The CW remained competitive with week two of “Beauty and the Geek” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), which ran second in adults 18-34 (2.4/7) behind Univision’s “La Fea Mas Bella” (2.6/8). This reps the best week-two result to date for the “Beauty” franchise.

Numbers for the 9 o’clock hour are murky due to President Bush’s roughly 25-minute address to the nation. ABC comedies “Knights of Prosperity” and “In Case of Emergency,” starting 25 minutes later than scheduled in most of the country, should both come in with about a 2.3/5 in 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall.

NBC did well from 9:30 to 10 with a repeat of “Deal or No Deal” (3.6/9 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall), while CBS led the 10 o’clock hour

Ratings for the Bush speech will be “sustained” by Nielsen and won’t count in the nightly or weekly averages.

Preliminary 18-49 averages:CBS, 2.9/8; NBC, 2.7/7; ABC, 2.5/7; Fox, 2.0/5; Univision, 1.8/5; CW, 1.5/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.0 million; NBC, 8.0 million; ABC, 7.0 million; Fox, 5.7 million; Univision, 4.2 million; CW, 3.1 million.

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