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NBC’s midseason ‘Shoot’ holds steady

NBC’s midseason replacement “Just Shoot Me” has the honor of being the only new show to equal its numbers from last week as well as build on its lead-in.

Although the Peacock web finished fourth Wednesday night, the Brillstein-Grey comedy averaged an 8.1 rating and 13 share in the 9:30-10 p.m. slot, according to Nielsen. That’s just about equal with its performance last Wednesday, and it increased its audience from its lead-in “Wings,” which averaged a 7.0/11. For “Wings,” which is in its final season, that was a drop from its 7.5/12 average in the previous week.

For the night, ABC was first with a 10.4 rating and 16 share despite a new low for “Grace Under Fire” (7.4/13) in the 8 p.m. slot and a second-week dropoff for “Arsenio,” which went from a 10.6/17 last week in the 9:30 slot to a 8.4/14. Nevertheless, it won its time period in adults 18-49.

Fox was second for the night with “Battle of the Sexes on Ice,” which averaged a 9.4/16, better than the season averages of “Beverly Hills, 90210” (8.3/14) and “Party of Five” (7.2/11).

CBS finished with a 7.0/12. Its new midseason comedy “Temporarily Yours” averaged a 7.8/13, off from its premiere last week, when it posted an 8.4/14. It still held 96% of its lead-in audience from “The Nanny.” It is also holding the bulk of “The Nanny’s” 18-49 women audience.

CBS’ midseason drama “Feds” averaged a 7.1/12, off from its premiere of 7.8/12. It did hold 91% of its lead-in.

Besides the good news for “Just Shoot Me,” NBC execs may breathe a sigh of relief that “NewsRadio” averaged a 7.2/12 in the 8 p.m. slot. While hardly spectacular, that is what the time period has been averaging and was an improvement over “NewsRadio’s” recent outings in the 9-9:30 p.m. slot.

“Prince Street,” which premiered last week in the cushy “ER” slot, fell back to Earth Wednesday with a 5.9/11. Although down from “Law & Order’s” average in that slot, “Prince Street” did nip CBS’ “EZ Streets,” which averaged a 5.5/10, down from its 7.0/12 average of last week.

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