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‘Real’ big problem

New Fox show beaten in ratings by reruns

Fox’s “Get Real” has already gotten itself into real trouble.

With its second airing Sept. 15, the rookie comedy-drama has fallen below every firstrun household rating for slot predecessor “Party of Five” while barely averting a fourth-place finish for its hour in adults 18-49 despite all rerun competition.

Wednesday’s “Get Real” settled for a 4.8 rating, 8 share in homes, fourth for that hour, and a 3.3 rating in adults 18-49, tied for third.

The worst firstrun homes rating for “Party of Five” during five seasons in that slot was a 5.4.

Losing lead-in

“Real” also lost 22% of its “Beverly Hills 90210” homes lead-in, the same falloff suffered in April 1997 with the second episode of “Pacific Palisades,” an ill-fated attempt to launch a drama in the slot while “Party” was being rested.

Things could get a lot tougher for “Get Real” next week, when the official season begins and all five rival broadcast nets bring on aggressive firstrun competition.

Each household rating point represents an estimated 1 million homes, or 1% of the country’s TV households. Each adults 18-49 rating point reps 1.24 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.