Eye’s ‘Love’ succumbs to NBC’s ‘Mob’ for openers

'X-files' wins Sunday's battle despite movies

Sunday’s battle of dueling multiple-parters has gone to NBC’s “Witness to the Mob, Part 1,” which roughed up CBS’ “Only Love, Part 1” by 1 share in households and 7 shares in adults 18-49, according to preliminary national Nielsens for May 10.

Fox’s “The X-Files” (10.6 rating, 17 share in homes, 9.8/23 in adults 18-49) dominated both multiple-parters from 9-10 p.m. in adults 18-49 and Fox won the night in that key demo by 2 shares over NBC and ABC, according to Nielsen’s prelim results, to be updated today. CBS led the night in homes by 3 shares over NBC.

Odds on ‘Witness’

Part one of NBC’s “Witness” reported an 11.3/18 in homes and a 7.2/18 in adults 18-49, topping CBS’ “Only Love, Part 1” (10.4/17 in homes, 4.3/11 in adults 18-49). Headed into Monday’s part-two showdown, “Witness” looked more credible, having managed a 6% increase in its second hour vs. its first Sunday, as compared with a 12% falloff for the second hour of “Only Love.”

The results did little to reverse the major trends of this May sweep, in which NBC is a runaway winner and CBS has settled for ordinary numbers.

‘Arrow’ competitive

Up against Sunday’s multiple-parters, ABC’s broadcast premiere of “Broken Arrow” landed a competitive 8.7/14 in homes and a 5.9/14 in adults 18-49. From 7-9 p.m., Disney’s rerun of “The Lion King” (7.5/14 and 5.1/16) settled for about half its premiere household rating Nov. 3, 1996, but was still the top-rated “Wonderful World of Disney” since March 22.

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.