CBS’ Friday a mixed bag

The two-hour premiere of CBS’ “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” rode off with strong national numbers Friday night, taking second place in the household race and finishing first in the key male demographics.

Airing from 8-10 p.m., the series generated a 7.2 rating/14 share behind ABC’s entrenched sitcom lineup, which earned an 8.9/18.

CBS, which finished in third-place with a 5.5/11 for the two hours, was hurt by the two summer series “The Building” and “The Boys.” The network continued to strike out with the series, despite its tactic of flip-flopping the time periods for the two sitcoms after only one airing.

In their second outing, the pair finished in last place during the 9-10 p.m. hour and dropped from their previous week’s averages.

“The Building,” exec produced by David Letterman, pulled a meager 4.9/9 at 9, down from an 8.0/16 a week earlier when it aired at 9:30. “The Boys” were dealt a scant 5.2/10, off from a 6.6/13 in week one.

Second-week increase

On Sunday, meanwhile, Fox Broadcasting’s “Martin” and “Living Single”– which will soon face stiff competition in the 8-9 p.m. hour — posted overnight metered market rating increases in their second week and helped lead Foxto a second-place finish in the 7-10 p.m. block.

Competing against network reruns, “Martin” averaged an 11.9/20 at 8 p.m. in 29 Nielsen metered markets. That’s up from a 10.9/19 for its second season premiere.

The frosh series “Living Single” built on its lead-in, rising to a 12.9/21 at

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