Fox's new latenight show nabs solid bow

Fox’s new latenight skein fronted by Wanda Sykes is off to an encouraging start, with Saturday’s bow outperforming the net’s delivery with “Mad TV” in the timeslot a year ago.

The premiere of “The Wanda Sykes Show” averaged 2.2 household rating/5 share in Nielsen’s metered-markets from 11 p.m. to midnight, up 16% from “MAD’s” fourth-quarter average meters (1.9/4) and double what Spike Feresten’s show did last winter (1.1/2).

By comparison, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which starts a half-hour later than “Wanda,” averaged a 5.0/13 in the metered markets Saturday. Featuring Taylor Swift as a guest star, it was the highest-rated “SNL” of the season.

Elsewhere on the ratings front Saturday, CBS’ “Saturday Night Fights,” won its 9-11 p.m. timeslot in key demos, including adults 18-49 (1.7/5) and all key male categories. Head to head with ABC’s college football, the mixed martial arts event won in both men 18-34 and 18-49.

And numbers for “Saturday Night Fights” are expected to rise noticeably when the post-primetime portion is included, based on surging metered-market results in the 11 p.m. half-hour.

On Friday, ABC earned a share of the night’s 18-49 lead with CBS thanks to a season-high score for “20/20″ (prelim 2.7/9 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall). The newsmag, which featured Diane Sawyer’s interview with Rihanna, hit a three-year high in adults 18-34 (2.3/9).

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