The debut of sitcoms The Hughleys and Girlfriends Sept. 11 helped give UPN its best Monday- night ratings in more than 21/2 years. The network's two-hour comedy block averaged a 3.3 rating/5 share and 5.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The Hughleys, which moved to UPN from ABC, brought with it UPN's best-ever female teen ratings in the 9 p.m. ET/PT time slot, averaging a 6.3/25.
It also scored its highest ratings in more than 51/2 years among total teens at a 4.7/15. In addition, new Monday-night sitcom Girlfriends was strong out of the blocks, recording the network's best-ever female-teen ratings in the 9:30 p.m. time slot with a 5.9/22.