The WB Scores with Early-Season Premieres

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The WB Television Network Monday night topped even last season’s record-setting ratings, with WB
veteran 7th Heaven opening to the biggest ratings of any of
its premieres ever except the opening of Charmed in 1998, which
7th Heaven tied in the overnights with a 7.7 rating/12 share.

Sophomore Everwood followed that performance with a 5.9/8, below last
year’s series debut but above the premiere of any other WB program in the time
period.

Everwood’s closest competitors were the 1997 start of 7th
Heaven
and the two-hour debut of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in
March 1997, both with overnights of 5.1/8.

Most surprisingly, 7th Heaven beat a reairing of The
O.C.
on Fox, a repeat of Fear Factor on NBC and repeats of Yes,
Dear
and Still Standing on CBS.

It also crushed a repeat of The Parkers and the series premiere of
Eve on rival UPN, while only ABC’s PrimeTime Monday beat it in the
overnights.

Everwood also did well, beating an original episode of Fox’s Paradise
Hotel
, a repeat of NBC’s Third Watch and UPN’s season premieres of
Girlfriends and Half & Half.

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