Beckham special spices up NBC on Mon.


Despite its critical drubbing, Victoria Beckham's NBC special pulled in OK numbers Monday night.

"Victoria Beckham: Coming to America," which was originally supposed to be a six-episode series but was whittled down into a one-hour special, averaged 4.9 million viewers and a 2.2 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demo, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. That was good enough to give the special the demo win in its 8 p.m. slot. A repeat of ABC's "Wife Swap" (5.3 million, 2.0/6) took the hour in total viewers.

At 9 p.m., a new episode of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" (8.2 million, 4.0/11) posted its second-highest demo and viewers numbers so far this season. The show easily won the hour -- and the night -- in both metrics.

A new episode of NBC's "Age of Love" (4.5 million, 1.8/5) posted its lowest demo rating in its five weeks on the air, though it did grow from a 1.7/5 in its first half-hour to a 1.9/5 in its second.

ABC aired a special episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (5 million, 1.9/5), while CBS' 9-10 p.m. comedies "Two and a Half Men" (8 million, 2.5/7) and "How I Met Your Mother" (6.2 million, 2.0/6) were in repeats.

At 10 p.m., a repeat of CBS' "CSI: Miami" (8 million, 2.5/7) won the hour in total viewers, while NBC's "Dateline" (7.5 million, 2.6/7) took the demo. ABC aired a repeat of "Supernanny" (4.5 million, 1.8/5).

Overall, CBS and Fox split the night, with CBS (6.7 million, 2.1/6) leading in total viewers and Fox (6 million, 2.9/9) taking the demo. Other nightly averages: NBC (5.7 million, 2.2/7), ABC (4.9 million, 1.9/6) and the CW (1.6 million, 0.6/2).
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