CBS 'Armed' for Wednesday win


NEW YORK -- CBS' celebrity-cop reality series "Armed & Famous" got off to a disarming start Wednesday even though it managed to win its time period in the demo against weak competition.

"Armed & Famous" just barely won the demo between 8-9 p.m. (and lost in viewers) while the second week wasn't kind to the new ABC sitcoms "The Knights of Prosperity" and "In Case of Emergency." Primetime was interrupted on the East Coast and Midwest by President Bush's half-hour speech on Iraq, which caused some schedule changes.

"Armed & Famous" (8.2 million, 2.9 rating/8 share in adults 18-49) split with an hour of ABC's "According to Jim" (8.6 million, 2.7/7), according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media research. The reality show just beat it in the demo while the blue-collar sitcom beat it in viewership. And the demo rating was down from the "Jericho" premiere (3.4/10) on Sept. 20 and slightly off the season average of 3.1/9 in the time period.

Meanwhile, "Friday Night Lights" (6.6 million, 2.4/7) had its highest ratings since a Monday telecast but was about even with a repeat of Fox's "Bones" (7.2 million, 2.4/6). The CW's "Beauty and the Geek" (3.9 million, 2.0/5) kept most of its audience from last week's premiere and won the 8 p.m. hour in adults 18-34.

"The Knights of Prosperity" (5.3 million, 2.2/5) ran into a rocky stretch in its second week with a nearly 30% drop from its 3.0/8 premiere rating. "In Case of Emergency" (5.8 million, 2.3/6) at 10 p.m. also had trouble falling from its 2.7/7 premiere. The 9:30 p.m. half hour was won by a repeat "Deal or No Deal" (10.9 million, 3.6/9). CBS ran a repeat "Criminal Minds" (11.4 million, 3.2/9) and a repeat "CSI: NY," which averaged 10.1 million viewers and a 3.1/9 in the demo between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The only other original was "Primetime: Medical Mysteries," which averaged 6.2 million viewers and a 2.5/7 in the demo.

Nightly averages: ABC (7 million, 2.5/7); CBS (9.7 million, 2.9/8); NBC (8 million, 2.7/7); Fox (5.7 million, 2.0/6); and The CW (3.1 million, 1.5/4).