Jackson scores for ‘SNL’

'George,' 'Nation' tie for total viewers and adults 25-54

Boobgate or no boobgate, Janet Jackson couldn’t beat Jennifer Aniston’s season-high “Saturday Night Live” score among adults 18-49, but she did bring the show its largest overall aud in more than a year.

Jackson hosted “SNL” on April 10, with 9.4 million total viewers tuning in, according to Nielsen Media Research. Show commanded a 4.2 rating in the demo, the second highest posting of the season next to the Jan. 10 telecast, which Aniston hosted.

In other fringe headlines, the crowded Sunday morning landscape saw ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” making up lost ground and catching up with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on April 11. Two shows tied in total viewers (2.4 million) and in adults 25-54 (0.7), according to Nielsen.

Sunday leader “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert enjoyed a ratings milestone, outperforming the combined delivery of “This Week” both in total viewers (4.9 million) and the demo (1.6).

Fox Televisions’ “Fox News Sunday” averaged 1.4 million viewers and drew a 0.4 rating. Show has seen gains since Chris Wallace took over as host last fall.

“Fox News” is up 1% in overall aud season-to-date, according to Nielsen. “This Week” is down 6%, “Meet” is down 5% and “Face,” 2%. News insiders stress that most news shows are down this year compared to last year, when the Iraq war saw audiences surge.

Nielsen ratings were delayed for weekday morning programs. Leader NBC News’ “Today” announced Thursday that its “Toyota Concert Series” at Rockefeller Center Plaza gets underway April 23 with a concert by Sheryl Crow. Series, which will continue into the fall, also will headline John Mayer on April 30, Alicia Keys on May 7, Lenny Kravitz on May 20, Reba McEntire on June 4, Jimmy Buffett on June 25 and Britney Spears on July 7.

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