NBC's Wednesday invincibility slips


CBS took households and total viewers away from NBC Wednesday night, and ABC
edged into first in the key adult demographics.

The 'Peacock' was second in the circulation categories and third in the
demos. Fox was a distant fourth all night, according to Nielsen Media Research
fast affiliate ratings.

In the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST period, the Country Music Awards on CBS
was first in all of the key categories. NBC's Ed was second in households
and total viewers, followed closely by ABC's My Wife and Kids/The
George Lopez Show
comedy lineup. ABC took second, though, in adults 18
through 34, 18 through 49 and 25 through 54.

From 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., the CMAs maintained its hold on households and
total viewers but ceded the adult demos to ABC's The Bachelor. Normally a
powerhouse, NBC's The West Wing edged out The Bachelor for second
place in households and viewers but was third in the demos.

In the 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. hour, NBC's Law & Order gave a strong
performance in the circulation categories but fell to second in adults 18
through 49 and 25 through 54 and third in adults 18 through 34. ABC's
20/20 special on The Osbournes tied with the CMAs for
second in households and total viewers but was first in the key adult demos.

For the night, according to the fast affiliate numbers, households: CBS 11.0
rating/17 share, NBC 10.3/16, ABC 9.2/14 and Fox 4.7/7.

Adults 18 through 49: ABC 6.7/17, CBS 6.0/15, NBC 5.2/13 and Fox 3.1/8.

As for the weblets, in the Nielsen metered markets, The WB Television Network
finished just barely ahead of UPN, averaging a 4.0/6 in the 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
period versus the latter's 3.9/5.