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'Race' finale gives CBS Tuesday lift

14 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The two-hour finale of The Amazing Race was enough to give CBS the Tuesday win by a comfortable margin on a night otherwise dominated by repeats. Amazing Race delivered its highest marks of the season in its 9-11 p.m. closer, which brought in 11.4 million viewers and 4.6 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media research. Not surprisingly, viewership of Race peaked in its final half-hour at 12 million viewers and 5.2/14 in 18-49. CBS won the opening hour of primetime as well with a fresh installment of NCIS (16.8 million, 4.2/12). Fox prevailed at 9 p.m. with an original House (14.5 million, 5.2/13). NBC's 8-9:30 p.m. edition of Fear Factor (8.4 million, 3.4/9) came in under the averages that the peacock had been pulling in the Tuesday 8 p.m. hour with The Biggest Loser. For the night, CBS led with an average of 13.2 million viewers and 4.5/12 in the key demo. House kept Fox in second place with 10.8 million viewers and 4.0/11 in 18-49. »

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'Loser' wins big for NBC on Tuesday

30 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The live two-hour finale of The Biggest Loser rocketed NBC to the top of the Nielsen rankings Tuesday. The 8-10 p.m. second-season closer of the weight-loss competition reality series averaged 16 million viewers and a 6.7 rating/16 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. Viewership peaked in its final half-hour at 17.7 million viewers and a 7.8/17 in the key demo. Those amounted to NBC's highest numbers in the time slot, outside of Olympics telecasts, in four years. Loser's tail wind in the 9-10 p.m. hour took a toll on CBS' The Amazing Race (8.8 million, 3.5/8) and gave a boost to NBC's 10 p.m. stalwart Law & Order: SVU (17.5 million, 6.5/16). Nonetheless, CBS' 8 p.m. anchor NCIS (18.2 million, 4.4/11) held on to its crown as the most-watched program of the night as it hit its highest total viewer tally of the show's three-season run. »

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NBC imposes 'Order' on busy Tuesday night

23 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

There was audience to go around Tuesday as NBC was No. 1 with its regular lineup anchored by Law & Order: SVU, Fox scored with House, the American Music Awards did respectable, if not impressive, business for ABC and CBS opened the night with 16 million-plus turning out for NCIS. NBC won the night in the key measures of total viewers (12.4 million) and the adults 18-49 demographic (4.7 rating/12 share) on the strength of 9 p.m.'s My Name is Earl (12.1 million, 5.0/12) and 10 p.m.'s Law & Order: SVU (16.9 million, 5.6/15), which topped CBS' 8 p.m. anchor NCIS (16.6 million, 4.2/11) to ranked as the most-watched program of the night, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. The Biggest Loser (10.3 million, 4.2/11) also had a good showing at 8 p.m. for the peacock as it winds down to next week's finale. »

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CBS bringing more 'Home'; 'Loser' gains

21 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CBS' freshman drama Close to Home has been picked up for a full season, while NBC has ordered a third installment of reality series The Biggest Loser. CBS has picked up nine additional episodes of Close to Home, bringing the total to 22. The network also made permanent the legal drama's temporary scheduling move to Fridays. Close to Home, starring Jennifer Finnigan as a suburban prosecutor, struggled in its original 10 p.m. Tuesday slot but has improved since moving to the 9 p.m. Friday berth two weeks ago, averaging 3.2 rating/10 share among adults 18-49. »

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CBS heats up Tues. with hot 'NCIS'

3 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

House was hot, My Name Is Earl had good Nielsen karma and Law & Order: SVU was the highest-rated show of the night in the key demo. But no show racked up a larger overall audience on another busy Tuesday in primetime than CBS' 8 p.m. hot-shot NCIS. The crime drama starring Mark Harmon opened the night for the eye network at No. 1 by a mile with a whopping 17.9 million viewers and 4.2 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. In its second half-hour, NCIS gained more than 1.4 million viewers and more than half a rating point in adults 18-49. (The release of national ratings for Tuesday's primetime programming were delayed until Thursday morning because of processing problems within Nielsen. Wednesday night's ratings are also delayed until at least Thursday afternoon, Nielsen said.) At 9 p.m., NBC's comedy Earl (12.2 million, 5.5/13) spiked from its The Biggest Loser lead-in (9 million, 3.7/10) to put the peacock in first place for that half-hour in adults 18-49. ABC's 9 p.m. drama Commander in Chief (14.5 million, 3.9/9) was the poll winner in total viewers. »

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'House' opens with home run Tues. for Fox

15 September 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

House was on fire for Fox in its sophomore season premiere Tuesday. The network's fondest wish for the 2005-06 season was granted as the Emmy-nominated medical drama opened its new season with impressive numbers that came without the benefit of an American Idol lead-in, which the series enjoyed for most of its run last season. NBC had a slower start in the 8 p.m. hour with the season premiere of The Biggest Loser, while WB Network saw some renewed signs of life after a summer in the Nielsen trenches with a solid showing from the sixth-season opener of Gilmore Girls and a healthy start for its 9 p.m. newcomer Supernatural. House brought in 15.9 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/15 share in the adults 18-49 demographic at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research. The show's vital signs were all headed in the right direction: House grew noticeably at the half-hour mark, from 14.8 million viewers and a 5.3/14 in the demo in its first half-hour to 16.6 million and a 6.2/15 from 9:30-10 p.m. »

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'House' opens with home run Tues. for Fox

14 September 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

House was on fire for Fox in its sophomore season premiere Tuesday. The network's fondest wish for the 2005-06 season was granted as the Emmy-nominated medical drama opened its new season with impressive numbers that came without the benefit of an American Idol lead-in, which the series enjoyed for most of its run last season. NBC had a slower start in the 8 p.m. hour with the season premiere of The Biggest Loser, while WB Network saw some renewed signs of life after a summer in the Nielsen trenches with a solid showing from the sixth-season opener of Gilmore Girls and a healthy start for its 9 p.m. newcomer Supernatural. House brought in 15.9 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/15 share in the adults 18-49 demographic at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research. The show's vital signs were all headed in the right direction: House grew noticeably at the half-hour mark, from 14.8 million viewers and a 5.3/14 in the demo in its first half-hour to 16.6 million and a 6.2/15 from 9:30-10 p.m. »

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'Loser' strips off stand-alones

25 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC is spinning off its hit reality series The Biggest Loser into a series of stand-alone episodes, each pitting against each other teams of contestants trying to shed pounds. Each episode's title will include the name of the show as well as the nature of the competing teams, such as The Biggest Loser: Town vs. Town or The Biggest Loser: Family vs. Family. Other possible matchups explored by The Biggest Loser producers include bride vs. bride, teachers vs. students, doctors vs. nurses, co-workers vs. co-workers, in-laws vs. in-laws, best friends vs. best friends and firefighters vs. police squads. »

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Zucker: Post-'Friends' era tough on NBC

22 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC is down but not out of the 18-49 demographic race, NBC Universal Television Group president Jeff Zucker told reporters at his network's portion of the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour at the Universal City Hilton. In their joint presentation, Zucker and entertainment president Kevin Reilly acknowledged that the network's primetime schedule underperformed. "We knew we were going to be in for a tough year this year in the post-Friends era," Zucker said. "It turned out to be a little tougher than we expected." But the NBC executives emphasized that the network could not be counted out of reclaiming its 18-49 lead given that just three-tenths of a ratings point separate the four broadcast networks. Zucker pointed to new strong points in NBC's primetime schedule, including new series The Biggest Loser and Medium. Law & Order is showing renewed strength, too, tying or topping the CBS series CSI: NY in the Wednesday 10 p.m. slot in recent weeks. "I'm hopeful that we'll be a little closer to first place by the time we get to May, but it will be very close," Zucker said. »

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NBC is Tuesday night's biggest winner

13 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- The Biggest Loser finale and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit led NBC to a strong victory Tuesday night in total viewers and adults 18-49, according to preliminary data released Nielsen Media Research. NBC averaged 13.8 million viewers in primetime, just ahead of CBS at 12.6 million viewers, followed by ABC at 9.7 million viewers and Fox's 3.7 million viewers. NBC's lead was wider in adults 18-49, with a 5.9 rating/15 share compared to CBS and ABC, which were tied for second place with 3.7/9. Fox followed with a 1.6/4. Law & Order: SVU was the night's top performer in total viewers (15.9 million) and adults 18-49 (6.5/17). NBC said it was its second-best rating in adults 18-49 in the show's run. Judging Amy averaged 10.9 million viewers (3.1/8) and NYPD Blue averaged 9.6 million viewers and a 3.3/8. »

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BCS game gives ABC a title

6 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC had a solid night all around in primetime Tuesday with the penultimate installment of The Biggest Loser, the premiere of sitcom Committed and a Dateline NBC interview with the former lover of convicted murderer Scott Peterson. But the BCS championship college football game delivered the nightly win by a mile to ABC with its coverage of USC's 55-19 rout of Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. The game drew 21.4 million viewers and averaged a 7.4 rating/19 share among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research -- ABC's highest marks on the night since January 2000 and May 2000, respectively. NBC put up a pretty good fight against the Orange Bowl fireworks. From 8-9:30 p.m., Biggest Loser hit series highs in total viewers and adults 18-49. The reality show averaged 11.3 million viewers and 4.8/12 in 18-49, peaking its final half-hour with 12.2 million viewers and a 5.3/12 in the demo. »

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