‘Bachelor,’ ‘Law’ top Tuesday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

NBC, led by “Law & Order,” and ABC, powered by “The Bachelor,” were in a close battle for Wednesday’s adults 18-49 lead, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

In the prelims, the Peacock edged out the Alphabet on the strength of 10 o’clock drama “Law & Order” (6.0/17 in adults 18-49, 16.3 million viewers overall), which matched the combined demo scores of ABC’s “Karen Sisco” (3.2/9 in adults 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) and CBS’ special “48 Hours” (2.8/8 in adults 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall).

NBC also received best-since-preem scores from “Ed” at 8 (3.3/9 in adults 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall), while “West Wing” ranked second at 9 (4.4/11 in adults 18-49, 13.2 million viewers overall).

ABC’s “The Bachelor” (6.4/16 in adults 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall) easily led the 9 o’clock hour, and lead-in comedy “It’s All Relative” topped the 8:30 timeslot in 18-49 (4.1/11).

Fox was paced by the season premiere of “That ’70s Show” (first-place 5.1/14 in adults 18-49, 10 million viewers overall) and the fall premiere of summer hit “The OC,” which placed third in 18-49 (4.2/10) and second in 18-34 (5.6/15).

CBS again received a solid perf from “King of Queens” on its new night at 9 (4.0/10 in adults 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages: NBC, 4.6/12; ABC, 4.5/12; Fox, 4.3/11; CBS, 3.0/8; WB, 2.5/6; UPN, 1.3/3.

In total viewers: NBC, 12.7 million; CBS, 11.2 million; ABC, 10.9 million; WB, 5.8 million; UPN, 3.1 million.

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