Arresting premiere for 'K-Ville'

Fox freshman wins night in demo, builds on lead-in

In a good omen for the crop of new fall series, the first of them, Fox's drama "K-Ville," got off to a promising start Monday.

The dark police series starring Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser as officers in a Katrina-ravaged New Orleans drew 9 million viewers and a 3.4 rating/8 share among adults 18-49 at 9 p.m., the best demographic numbers on the night, according to early Nielsen data.

The series, which aired against repeats on ABC and CBS and an original "The Singing Bee" on NBC (7.8 million, 2.8/7), built on its lead-in, the Season 3 premiere of "Prison Break," by 6% in 18-49 and 22% in total viewers. It also outperformed last year's debut of "Vanished" in the same time slot by 5% in total viewers and 13% among adults 18-49.

At 8 p.m., "Prison" (7.4 million, 3.2/9) edged NBC's "The Biggest Loser" (11.7 million, 3.1/9) among adults 18-49 but was down from last year's Season 2 premiere by 14%.

For the night, Fox averaged 8.2 million viewers and a 3.3/9 among adults 18-49. CBS' lineup of reruns drew the most viewers, with 8.4 million.