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6 items from 2002


Fox takes Tuesday by shunning reruns

4 December 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With reruns dotting the schedule, the Big Four networks fell into their traditional post-November sweep swoon on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, the network that served up the most original programming, Fox, won the night overall. Fox's 9 p.m. drama 24 was the most-watched program of the night, averaging 11.1 million viewers and 5.2 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Fox also won the first hour of primetime with solid showing from That '70s Show (10.2 million, 4.9/14), even though Grounded for Life (8.5 million, 4.2/11) slipped at 8:30 p.m. NBC served up a double-shot of its struggling freshman comedy In-Laws, first in its regular 8:30 p.m. time slot and then in a special post-Frasier showcase at 9:30 p.m. In-Laws held up fairly well after the Frasier rerun, averaging 9.6 million, 3.9/10 compared to Frasier's 10.9 million, 4.4/11. For the night, Fox averaged 10.2 million viewers and 4.9/13 in the key demo. A rerun-laded ABC ran second in total viewers (9.6 million) while NBC and ABC were neck-and-neck for the No. 2 spot in adults 18-49 (NBC's 3.9/10 to ABC's 3.8/10). »

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Syndie buoyed by shorter days

13 November 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The end of daylight-saving time sent ratings for many syndicated shows racing up the chart during the week ending Nov. 3, according to Nielsen Media Research data. The frame also included the first two weekdays of the November sweep. Primetime access programming played especially well, with the top six off-network sitcoms hitting season highs. Friends (7.3) was up 7%, Seinfeld (7.2) gained 11% and Everybody Loves Raymond (6.7) and Will & Grace (4.4) were both up 10% for the week. That '70s Show (3.7) jumped 16%, and Home Improvement (3.5) gained 6%. Three of the four access magazine strips also were on the rise for the week. Entertainment Tonight (6.1) hit its highest number in 30 weeks with a week-to-week gain of 9%. Inside Edition (3.2) was unchanged, Extra (2.9) was up 12% to a season high, and Access Hollywood (2.7) gained 13% week-to-week. »

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'24' return kick-starts Fox just in time for Nov. sweep

31 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Kiefer Sutherland may only be an hour into his latest marathon workday on Fox's 24, but Tuesday's sophomore season opener of the acclaimed real-time drama has already helped save at least one night of the week for his network. Just as Fox Broadcasting Co. brass were preparing to slog through a difficult November sweep, which begins tonight, 24 burst out of the gate Tuesday with its best-ever Nielsen numbers. The return of the Emmy-winning series, combined with a resurgent That '70s Show, helped Fox win the Tuesday contest by a wide margin in young adult demos. 24, which undoubtedly benefited from a special presentation without commercial breaks arranged for the season premiere, dominated its 9 p.m. slot with an average of 13.5 million viewers and a 6.5 rating/16 share in the adults 18-49 demographic. Fox sorely needed some good Nielsen news after enduring the disruption of series pre-emptions from its postseason baseball coverage, a two-episodes-and-out flop in David E. Kelley's girls club and a weak start for Joss Whedon's Firefly, among other stumbles in its season launch thus far. "We're so optimistic about Tuesday night," Fox entertainment president Gail Berman said. "We have always believed in the show, but 24's return was beyond my wildest expectations." »

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'24' delivers Tues. night win for Fox

30 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fox got some welcome good ratings news on Tuesday as the second season opener of 24 delivered the show's highest ratings ever and led the network to win the night in the adults 18-49 demo. 24, which ran without commercial breaks in a special sponsorship deal with Ford Motor Corp., dominated the 9 p.m. hour in both total viewers (13.6 million) and adults 18-49 (6.5 rating/16 share). The Kiefer Sutherland starrer also scored with the adults 18-34 crowd (6.6/17). Fox was also the 18-49 demo champ from 8-9 p.m. with back-to-back episodes of That '70s Show, which built steadily throughout the hour. ABC's comedy block held up pretty well against the Fox resurgence -- 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (13.5 million, 5.0/14) and According to Jim (13.4 million, 5.3/14) ranked second in the hour in demographics. NBC's Just Shoot Me (6.9 million, 2.7/7) and In-Laws (6.9 million, 2.7/7) fell to fourth place in the hour behind CBS' JAG (15.8 million, 3.3/9). »

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CBS draws most viewers Tuesday, ABC takes the demo race

16 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC's new Tuesday lineup posted another nightly win among adults 18-49, while CBS continued its rein on the night in total viewers. At 8 p.m., 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (12.8 million viewers, 4.7 rating/14 share among adults 18-49) cooled off from previous weeks, but still won the half-hour in adults 18-49, while passing the total viewers baton this week to CBS' veteran military drama JAG (14.9 million, 3.3/9 from 8-9 p.m.). ABC's According to Jim (12.4 million, 5.0/14) at 8:30 p.m. also topped the competition in adults 18-49, building on to its 8 Simple Rules demo lead-in, according to preliminary Nielsen data. NBC didn't see improvement from switching its 8-9 p.m. comedies. The block of In-laws (6.9 million, 2.4/7) at 8 p.m. and Just Shoot Me (8.0 million, 3.0/8) at 8:30 p.m. was down 13% in the 18-49 demographic, and up 5% in total viewers from last week, when Just Shoot Me (6.6 million, 2.7/8) opened the night at 8 p.m. and In-laws (7.7 million, 3.5/9) ran at 8:30 p.m. The two shows' delivery in 18-49 is on par with what Emeril and Three Sisters did for NBC in the time period last year. At 9 p.m., NBC's Frasier (13.6 million, 5.2/13) won the hour with Life with Bonnie (9.3 million, 4.0/10) running second in 18-49, while the two networks' sitcoms at 9:30 p.m., NBC's Hidden Hills (9.9 million, 4.3/11) and ABC's Less than Perfect (9.3 million, 4.1/10) ran neck and neck. CBS' legal drama The Guardian (13.2 million, 3.3/8) topped the 9-10 p.m. hour in total viewers. For the night, ABC averaged 11.6 million viewers and a 4.7/13 in 18-49 to CBS' 14.0 million viewers and a 3.6/9. NBC logged 9.8 million viewers and a 3.8/10, while Fox posted 6.1 million viewers and a 2.9/8 with repeats of That '70s Show, Cedric the Entertainer Presents and John Doe. »

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'Will,' 'Dharma' bow in top 10

9 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Two highly anticipated off-network sitcoms, Will & Grace and Dharma & Greg, posted national numbers for the first time in the weekly Nielsen syndication charts for the week ending Sept. 29. Will bowed in syndication with an average 3.9 rating on 221 stations covering 96% of the country. This landed the sitcom in fourth place among all off-net sitcoms following Friends (6.9), Everybody Loves Raymond (6.0) and Seinfeld (5.7). Dharma posted a 2.5 rating on 188 stations covering 95% of the United States, placing it ninth among all off-network sitcoms. In their second week in syndication, That '70s Show and The Hughleys remain firm. That '70s Show (3.5) was up 6% for the week, while Hughleys (1.3) was flat. Among the other new syndicated programs, Dr. Phil remained strong with a 4.2 rating, down only 5% during its second week in the national rankings. »

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