Frog leaps up during Bush chat

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

Taking advantage of decreased competition due to President Bush’s press conference Tuesday night, the WB’s dramas “Gilmore Girls” and “One Tree Hill” shot up in the ratings, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

Bush’s speech and Q&A will be sustained by Nielsen and not count in the nightly ratings. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox carved out roughly an hour (8:30-9:30 ET) for the press conference.

At the WB, “Gilmore Girls” (2.0/6 in adults 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) looked stronger with its first original episode in six weeks, and lead-out rookie “One Tree Hill” established series highs (2.1/5 in adults 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall). “Hill” soared to a 4.4/12 in femmes 12-34, also a series best.

UPN was also up over recent weeks, led by an 8:30 repeat of “All of Us” (1.3/4 in adults 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall).

In the 10 o’clock hour, which was not affected by Bush’s press conference, NBC prevailed with a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” (4.2/11 in adults 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall) over ABC’s original “NYPD Blue” (3.3/9 in adults 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) and CBS’ repeat of “Judging Amy” (1.7/5 in adults 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night (including the 8:30-9:30 portion on the major nets, which will not count in the ratings): NBC, 3.5/9; Fox, 3.3/9; ABC, 2.8/7; CBS, 2.0/5, tied with the WB, 2.0/5; UPN, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: NBC, 9.9 million; ABC, 8.6 million; CBS, 7.7 million; Fox, 7.1 million; WB, 4.9 million; UPN, 3.1 million.

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