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Big surge for ‘Smallville’

Super skein scores highest demo rating in Frog history

HOLLYWOOD — The WB’s “Smallville” is racing up the Nielsen charts faster than a speeding bullet, teaming with “Gilmore Girls” to help the network set more records on Tuesday night.

According to Nielsen, the young-Superman drama delivered not only its best-ever results but the highest adults 18-34 rating for any Frog program in network history (4.5/13), and the second highest in adults 18-49 (4.4/11).

In its second half-hour, “Smallville” was the highest-rated show on television in 18-49 (4.5/11), edging NBC comedy “Hidden Hills” (4.4/11).

“Smallville,” which averaged 8.9 million viewers overall, also set or equaled its all-time series records in demos including persons 12-34 (5.5/16), women 18-49 (4.5/11) and teens (5.7/19).

At 8, “Gilmore Girls” won its timeslot in women 18-34 (4.8/14) and teens (4.1/14) and ran second in persons 12-34 (3.7/12).

For the night, the WB finished first in adults 18-34 (4.5/13) and persons 12-34 (4.6/14). It also achieved its best-ever night in adults 18-49 (3.5/9) and enjoyed its all-time best Tuesday in several categories.

ABC remained on top in adults 18-49 (4.7/13) — its third Tuesday victory in a row — although leadoff laffer “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” (4.8/14) was down 1 ratings point from its dominant showing a week earlier.

The return of Fox’s “That ’70s Show,” even in repeat (3.8/11), seemed to affect the rookie ABC comedy, which still won its half-hour by 3 shares in the demo.

And NBC is really hurting at 8, as “In-Laws” tied for fourth in the half-hour with a 2.5/7, on par with last season’s “Emeril.”

CBS, as usual, won in total viewers, led by “JAG” (15.03 million).

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