“30 Rock”: Finally getting some traction

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Good for Tina Fey. 30 Rockwas solid in its second outing of the season, indicating that the Emmy and biz darling is finally getting some traction.

Post-election euphoria for at least 52% of Americans probably didn’t hurt (I’m convinced Fey-as-Sarah-Palin helped Obama defeat the GOP ticket), nor did a guest shot from Oprah Winfrey probably didn’t hurt. “30 Rock” averaged 8.1 million viewers and 3.9 rating/9 share, according to prelim Nielsens. That’s an even better retention out of “The Office” (8.4 mil, 4.2/10) than it managed last week in its third season preem.

Goodness knows, the Peacock needed some good ratings news after Wednesday’s makeover went over like a lead balloon. “Knight Rider” slipping to a 1.6/4 in the demo, handicapping the rest of the night. The return of “Law & Order” (7.9 mil, 2.2/6) at 10 p.m. didn’t do much to improve things, though it did seem to take a notable bite of the aud for CBS’ competing “CSI: NY” (11.8 mil, 3.3/9).

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