‘Simpsons’ powers Fox

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox launched its Sunday comedy lineup to strong numbers, powered by the unstoppable “The Simpsons” in its 15th season premiere, leading the net to victory in all key demos, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. CBS also did well with its three-hour “CBS at 75” anniversary special.

Fox Fox, a roughly 45-minute NFL overrun dominated the early part of the evening, and “King of the Hill” followed with its best 18-49 showing in nearly a year (6.2/16) and its largest overall aud (13.6 million) in more than five years. The annual Halloween episode of “Simpsons” (projected 7.2/17 in adults 18-49, 15.7 million viewers overall from 8:15 to 8:45 in most of the country) also did well, but the net’s numbers faded by 9:45 when the series premiere of “Arrested Development” put up just so-so numbers (projected 3.3/8 in adults 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall).

At CBS, the star-studded “CBS at 75” (3.9/10 in adults 18-49, 18.5 million viewers overall) won its three-hour timeslot in adults 25-54 and total viewers, combining with “60 Minutes” for the net’s largest Sunday aud of the season.

NBC will finish second on the night in 18-49, led by “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” at 9 (slot-leading 4.9/11, 13.5 million viewers overall) and a special repeat of the crime drama at 10. ABC was paced by “Alias” (projected 4.1/9 in adults 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall).

Projected 18-49 averages: Fox, 6.1/15; NBC, 3.7/9; CBS, 3.5/9; ABC, 3.4/9; WB, 1.4/4.

In total viewers: CBS, 17.1 million; Fox, 13.9 million; NBC, 10 million; ABC, 9.2 million; WB, 3.6 million.

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