Extra sunshine makes dent in primetime
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The premiere of Fox's legal drama "Canterbury's Law" fell into a hole Monday night, as the first weeknight of daylight-saving time wreaked havoc with early evening viewership.
"Canterbury's" (7.6 million viewers, 1.7 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and a 5 share) was Fox's lowest-rated premiere on record in the its time period. Although DST resulted in a low-rated 8 p.m. hour, "Canterbury's" also came in fourth place compared to the other major broadcast networks. At 9 p.m., Fox's time period premiere of "New Amsterdam" (8.8 million, 2.5/6) fared slightly better, but was down 22% from the most recent four-week average rating of "Terminator" in the time period.
Overall, CBS led the night with repeats and a pair of original episodes of "New Adventures of Old Christine" (7.5 million, 2.7/7 and 9.4 million, 3.3/8) that won their time periods at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., respectively. A repeat of "Two and a Half Men" (11.7 million, 3.8/10) was the highest-rated show of the night.
NBC was second with a series low "My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad" (6.9 million, 2.1/6), then "Deal or No Deal" (11.6 million, 3.0/8) and "Medium" (9.2 million, 2.9/8).
Fox and ABC tied for third, with ABC airing a "Bachelor: Where Are They Now?" special (7.7 million, 2.6/8) to prime viewers for next week's premiere, followed by the two-hour season finale of "October Road" (4.7 million, 1.8/5).
The CW aired a repeat and "Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious" (1.7 million, 0.8/2).
Also: The Sunday night series premiere of History Channel's "Ax Men" won the night among adults 18-49 on cable, logging 1.6 million viewers in the demo. "Ax Men," which was seen by 3 million total viewers, marks the second-best series premiere ever for the History Channel.
On HBO, the series finale for the critically acclaimed drama "The Wire" went out pretty much as expected: The Sunday night telecast and its repeat the same evening were watched by a combined 1.8 million viewers. Last season's finale was seen by 1.9 million viewers during its single telecast.