Temptation does it for Fox

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Temptation Island kept Fox flying on Wednesday night, taking its third straight primetime of the week.

New reality entry Temptation topped its debut, drawing 17.6 million viewers with a 9.6 rating, 23 share among adults 18-49 in national Nielsen numbers. And Grounded for Life hit a 6.1/16. So Fox averaged a 7.7/19 among 18-49ers, while NBC edged it out in total viewers, 14.9 million to 14.4 million. A West Wing repeat scored a 5.1/12 against Temptation, following the strongest showing by replanted Ed (5.2/14) since October. Law & Order scored a 7.2/18, drawing 18 million viewers.

ABC's Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? drew 20.7 million viewers. But Drew Carey and Spin City only drew a 5.6/14 and a 5.0/12, respectively, against Temptation.

Meanwhile, Bette bombed with its lowest number of its rookie year, a 2.2/6, drawing less than 6.6 million viewers.
- Richard Tedesco