Final battle goes to CBS


For the penultimate night of the May sweep, CBS won the Tuesday-night ratings
race in households but came in last among the 'Big Four' in the key
18-through-49 demo.

For the night, CBS averaged a 9.8/16 in households according to Nielsen Media
Research, followed by ABC with a 9.7/16, NBC with a 9.3/15 and Fox with a
6.3/10. In 18 through 49, NBC won handily with a 6.0/16, followed by ABC and
Fox, tied at 4.9/13, and CBS with a 3.7/10.

The night's top show was a one-hour Frasier season-ender, which
averaged a 12.1/19 for its back-to-back episodes starting at 9 p.m.

The season ender for NYPD Blue (10.4/17) was nudged out by CBS'
Judging Amy (10.5/17) for top honors in households at 10 p.m., with NBC's
The Weakest Link showing some weakness in the No. 3 spot at 7.9/13 for
the time period.

But in 18 through 49ers, CBS' older-skewing audience was evident, with
Amy (4.3/11) dropping to third in the time period behind Blue
(6.2/16) and Link (5.7/15).