CBS, Fox sew up households Tuesday


Nielsen Media Research's preliminary national ratings for Tuesday showed that
CBS, with its regular series lineup (JAG, The Guardian and Judging
) tied Fox's World Series coverage in prime time in household share,
while Fox edged CBS in household rating by just one-tenth of a point.

ABC narrowly won adults 18 through 49 and 25 through 54.

The Nielsen metered-market ratings showed CBS beating the game in prime time
by one-tenth of a rating point. The Series remains on track to be the least-watched ever. Tuesday night's prime time portion of game three (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
appeared to garner about 2 million fewer viewers then game three of the 2000 Series,
the current record-holder for the least watched series. Both games one and two of
the current Series had smaller audiences than the same games in 2000.

At 8 p.m., ABC's new comedy, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, held its own against the
Series, averaging an 8.7/14 (up 2 percent from last week) versus an 8.9/14 for
the game. And the sitcom had a 4-share-point advantage among adults 18 through

At 8:30 p.m., almost 4 million more viewers migrated to the game, but
Simple Rules lead-out According to Jim managed to hang on to a
small lead among adults 18 through 49.

From 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., the game won the circulation battle (households and total
viewers), as well as adults 18 through 49.

At 10 p.m., about 4 million viewers bailed from the game and both NYPD
and Judging Amy drew larger audiences, while Blue
won adults 18 through 49 and 25 through 54.

For the night, the Nielsen fast affiliate household ratings: Fox 9.8/15,
CBS 9.7/15, ABC 7.8/12 and NBC 6.6/10.

Adults 18 through 49: ABC 5.3/13, Fox 5.2/13, NBC 3.9/10 and CBS 3.5/9.

Adults 25 through 54: ABC 5.9/14, Fox 5.8/13, CBS 4.6/10 and NBC 4.4/10.

In the Nielsen metered markets, The WB Television Network averaged a household 5.7/8 for is two
dramas, Gilmore Girls and Smallville. UPN averaged a 3.2/5 for
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Haunted.