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NBC has ‘Law’ on its side

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

NBC has captured another Wednesday in adults 18-49, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, with “Law & Order” (6.9/19) putting it over the top.

Second-place ABC again led comfortably from 8 to 10, thanks to “My Wife and Kids” (5.2/15), “George Lopez” (5.2/14) and “The Bachelor” (5.9/15), the latter of which led its hour but was down week-to-week. The perf by “Lopez” was especially impressive, as the laffer again retained all of its “Wife” lead-in.

The Alphabet was hamstrung by a weak showing at 10 for “MDs” (2.8/8, 6.5 million viewers overall), which again retained less than half of its “Bachelor” lead-in.

NBC’s “Law & Order” (19.2 million viewers) overpowered both “MDs” and CBS’ medical drama, “Presidio Med” (2.7/7 in A18-49, 7.1 million viewers). Net’s “Ed” (3.3/9 in 18-49) and “The West Wing” (5.1/13) both ran second in their hours.

CBS was again led by “Amazing Race” (3.8/10 in 18-49), which was up week-to-week.

Fox’s lineup consisted of hastily added repeats, necessitated when baseball’s playoff series ended early. Net ran fourth or worse on the night.

PRELIM NATIONAL

RATINGS

Network

Ratings / Share

Adults
18-49

Total
viewers

NBC 5.1 / 14 15.1
ABC 4.6 / 12 10.7
CBS 3.2 / 8 9.0
FOX 2.3 / 6 5.3
Viewers in millions
Source: Nielsen Media Research

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