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‘Cold Case,’ movie power CBS

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

The premiere of “Cold Case,” Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest crime series for CBS, drew a large audience in its premiere Sunday, teaming with a strong showing for movie “Twelve Mile Road” to give the net a competitive finish in key demo categories and a dominant victory in total viewers. NBC won the night in both adults 18-49 and 25-54 despite a less-than-impressive debut for legal drama “The Lyon’s Den.”

“Cold Case” (3.3/9 in adults 18-49, 15.5 million viewers overall) gave CBS its best demo perf in the hour with regular programs since March, winning its hour in adults 25-54. And new Tom Selleck movie “Twelve Mile Road” (3.7/9 in adults 18-49, 15.7 million viewers overall) did well, finishing in a virtual first-place tie in adults 18-49 in its final hour.

NBC was paced by a strong season premiere for 9 o’clock’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (5.1/12 in adults 18-49, 15.5 million viewers overall), up year-to-year and the top-rated program of the night in 18-49. Net also received solid performances from second-year “American Dreams,” which led at 8 in 18-49 (3.6/10) and “Dateline” (3.1/9). At 10, Rob Lowe drama “Lyon’s Den” (4.2/11 in adults 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall) had a soft bow, edging out ABC and CBS for first in 18-49 but declining by six-tenths of a ratings point in its second half-hour.

ABC received a solid showing from “The Practice” (4.1/11 in adults 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall), which led at 10:30 in 18-49, while “Alias” (4.0/9 in adults 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall) ran second in 18-49 from 9 to 10; both dramas were down more than a ratings point from its premieres of a year ago. At 8, new cop drama “10-8” (2.7/7 in adults 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) ran fourth.

Fox was competitive on the night with an NFL overrun and a repeat of “There’s Something About Mary.”

The WB’s “Charmed” (2.7/7 in adults 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) looked solid with its two-hour premiere, placing second from 8 to 10 in adults 18-34 (3.2/9).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.0/11; Fox, 3.4/9; ABC, 3.3/9; CBS, 3.3/9; WB, 1.9/5.

In total viewers: CBS, 16.2 million; NBC, 11.6 million; ABC, 9.2 million; Fox, 7.7 million; WB, 1.9/5.

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