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Frog’s ‘Fran’ feeling fine after solid bow

'Office' gains extra exposure after rebroadcast

Fran Drescher’s “Living With Fran” opened to solid ratings Friday on the WB, faring especially well in its post-“Reba” airing.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, the initial episode of “Living With Fran” (1.3 rating/5 share in adults 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) performed credibly at 8:30, building slightly on its lead-in from “What I Like About You” (1.1/4, 2.3 million).

But at 9:30, a special episode featuring guest stars John Schneider and Marilu Henner (prelim 1.7/6 in 18-49, 4.5 million) retained roughly 90% of its lead-in from hit laffer “Reba” (prelim 1.9/6 in 18-49, 4.7 million) — matching the net’s best delivery in the time period since November.

“Living With Fran” stars Drescher as a fortysomething mother who’s shacking up with a 28-year-old contractor played by Ryan McPartlin. It placed second in its timeslot in women 18-34, persons 12-34 and women 18-49, trailing only NBC’s “Third Watch.”

Frog may want to consider keeping the saucier “Fran” at 9:30 behind the more compatible “Reba” and shifting its “Reba” repeat to 8:30.

In other skedding news, NBC is giving frosh laffer “The Office” some extra exposure by rebroadcasting Tuesday’s episode on Thursday behind “Joey.” And Fox has expanded this week’s “American Idol” results show to one hour, preempting “Life on a Stick” after just two regular airings; move appears designed to blunt the premiere of NBC drama “Revelations.”

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