Fox, NBC win demo, but CBS is a 'Survivor'


Fox and NBC tied for the demographic win in primetime, while CBS won in viewership during the last week of the 2006-07 TV season, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.

Fox got the week started Monday with the early premieres of "Prison Break" (7.5 million viewers, 3.3 rating/9 share) and the new "K-Ville" (8.9 million, 3.3/8). Both shows won their hours, with the main 8 p.m. competition being NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (11.7 million, 3.1/9) and 9 p.m. a repeat of CBS' "Two and a Half Men" (10.8 million, 3.2/8) and a new "The Singing Bee" (7.8 million 2.8/7) on NBC. "Deal" was the night's top show in viewers.

A two-hour "The Biggest Loser" (7.9 million, 3.4/9) on NBC and CBS' finale of "Big Brother" (8.7 million, 3.4/9) were the big winners Tuesday, while two episodes of ABC's "Just for Laughs" (with 8:30 p.m. averaging 7 million viewers and a 2.2/6) and CBS' "Power of 10" (7.8 million, 1.9/6) couldn't keep up. Neither could a two-hour ABC News special, "Elvis: Viva Las Vegas" (6.4 million, 1.8/5).

Wednesday went to Fox thanks to the premiere of "Back to You" (9.5 million, 3.1/10) that beat CBS' "Kid Nation" (9.4 million, 3.1/9) head-to-head as well as "Deal" (9.9 million, 2.5/8) and the CW's "America's Next Top Model" (5.2 million, 2.5/8). Fox's " 'Til Death" (7.8 million, 2.7/8) couldn't keep all of its lead-in, while the network's "Kitchen Nightmares" (6.6 million, 3.1/8) rose above NBC's "Last Comic Standing" (7.1 million, 2.9/8), ABC's "Come Rain or Come Shine" (7.1 million, 2.5/7) and the CW's "Gossip Girl" premiere (3.5 million, 1.6/4).

Thursday was all CBS with the premiere of "Survivor: China" (15.3 million, 5.0/15), which beat everything for the night, though it showed signs of age against previous "Survivor" premieres. Only Fox completely programmed original episodes, with "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (8.3 million, 2.4/7) and "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (8.3 million, 2.8./8).

Fox saw reality decline Friday, with a repeat of ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.2 million, 1.5/6) beating everything else, including repeats and a new "5th Grader?" (4.8 million, 1.3/5) and the CW's "Friday Night SmackDown" (4.6 million, 1.4/5). Saturday went to Fox, with "Cops" (4.8 million, 1.5/5) and "America's Most Wanted" (5.3 million, 1.6/5) combining to beat ABC's collegiate "Saturday Night Football" (4.9 million, 1.6/5).

NBC's "Sunday Night Football" matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears was big — it averaged 19 million viewers and a 7.8/20 in adults 18-49 — but Fox came a very respectable second place that started with a big boost from NFL runover and ended with an incredibly strong "Family Guy" (10.8 million, 5.6/13). Also putting in strong performances were "The Simpsons" (9.5 million, 4.7/13) and "King of the Hill" (7.8 million, 3.8/9). CBS' "Cold Case" (12.7 million, 3.1/7) and "Shark" (11.4 million, 2.6/7) debuted down.

In the evening newscasts, ABC and NBC split the season victories, with ABC winning adults 25-54 with 2.62 million viewers, followed by NBC (2.59 million) and CBS (2.1 million). But NBC won in total viewers with 8.4 million, followed by ABC (8.36 million) and CBS (6.7 million viewers).

Among the primetime networks for the week, Fox (7.4 million, 2.8/8) and NBC (7.6 million, 2.8/8) tied for the lead in adults 18-49, with CBS (8.9 million, 2.4/7), ABC (5.7 million, 1.9/5) and the CW (2.8 million, 1.1/3) trailing.