‘Andy’ takes charge

Laffer wins adults 18-49, scores with others

HOLLYWOOD — “Andy Richter” also controls the ratings universe, premiering to strong numbers Tuesday night.

The first seg of Fox’s “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” dominated its time slot among adults 18-49, posting a 4.9 rating and 13 share. The laffer held on to 98% of its “That ’70s Show” lead-in (5.0/14).

“Andy Richter,” which received almost universal raves from crix, also scored big with adults 18-34 (5.5/16) and teens (5.6/19). Show was second with total viewers (9.8 million), behind only the second half hour of CBS’ “JAG” (11.2 million).

News wasn’t as good for NBC’s “Watching Ellie,” which slumped to its lowest-rated perf yet (3.6/10 adults 18 to 49, 9.5 million viewers). It was also the first time in four airings that “Ellie” has failed to outperform its repeat “Frasier” lead-in (4.0/11 adults 18 to 49, 10.7 million). “Ellie” is now down 49% from its February debut.

Things looked brighter for the Peacock at 9 p.m., as it won the hour among adults 18-49 despite airing repeats against original programming on ABC and Fox.

Fox won the night among adults 18-49 (4.6/12), while NBC took it with viewers (10.3 million). NBC was second with adults 18-49 (4.2/11), followed by ABC (3.8/10), CBS (2.8/8), WB (2.5/7) and UPN (1.2/3). With viewers, ABC was second (10.1 million), followed by CBS (9.9 million), Fox (9.5 million), WB (5.8 million) and UPN (2.8 million).

Fox posted its best Tuesday night numbers since January, thanks to the bow of “Andy Richter,” which also outperformed the season average (4.0/10) of the show it replaced, the equally critically-acclaimed “Undeclared.”

“Andy Richter’s” premiere was slightly below the Sept. 25 debut of “Undeclared” among adults 18-49 (4.9/13 vs. 5.1/13) but attracted slightly more viewers (9.8 million vs. 9.0 million).

“24” also benefited from the “Andy Richter” debut; the Kiefer Sutherland actioner attracted its third-highest numbers of the season among total viewers (9.2 million).

Over at the weblets, UPN saw a slight improvement at 9 p.m. with “Random Years” (0.9/2 adults 18-49, 2 million viewers) than what “As If” did there last week (0.5/1, 1.4 million). “Random Years” still lost 40% of its lead-in, a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” repeat.

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