‘Frasier’ hammers ‘Home’ a victory

Leads Peacock to Tuesday domination

Frasier” has once again dominated “Home Improvement,” helping NBC relegate the ABC Tuesday lineup, once the Alphabet’s strongest, to third place in May 5 Nielsens.

For the season, NBC is now tied with ABC for first in Tuesday adults 18-49 averages, NBC’s first share of the Tuesday 18-49 lead since the 1984- days of “The A-Team” and “Remington Steele.”

May 5 results also saw another soft performance from CBS’ “The Last Don II,” which settled for a 9.6 rating, 15 share with its second episode and a two-night 10.8/17. That ranks “Don” fifth out of seven multiple-parters on the nets this season and down 32% from last May’s first “Don” mini (15.9/25). Tuesday’s “Don” still topped CBS’ slot average by about 30% and helped pull CBS into second for the night in households. At 8 p.m., “JAG” (8.7/15) led its slot in homes for the fifth time in five firstrun airings.

‘Creek’ draws teens

WB enjoyed its highest-rated May sweeps night ever, led by “Dawson’s Creek” (4.9/8), which set WB records for female teens (19.3/48) and total teens (12.0/33). “Dawson’s” also won its hour in viewers 12-34, an audience movie studios pay a premium to reach. It’s WB’s first slot win in that demo, excepting the night of the State of the Union address.

Fox led the 8-9 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 with “Breaking the Magician’s Code 3” (8.1/14 in homes, 5.1/16 in adults 18-49), which was down 46% from last November’s first “Breaking” special (15.0/22) and down 33% from March’s “Breaking 2” (12.0/18).

“Frasier” led the NBC Tuesday win with a 12.4/19, topping “Home Improvement’s” 9.6/15. It’s the seventh slot win by “Frasier” in its last eight airings vs. “Home.”

Each household rating point represents an estimated 980,000 homes, or 1% of the country’s TV homes. Each adults 18-49 rating point reps 1.23 million viewers, 1% of the U.S. total. A share is the same sort of percentage, except it’s measured against only the homes or viewers watching TV during the timeslot involved.