'K-Ville' premiere wins demo Monday night


As 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 cop show starring Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser as police officers in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans drew 9.0 million viewers and a 3.4 rating/8 share among adults 18-49 at 9 p.m., the best demo numbers on the night, according to early Nielsen data.

The show, which aired against repeats on ABC and CBS and an original "Singing Bee" on NBC (7.8 million, 2.8/7), built on its lead-in, the third-season premiere of "Prison Break," by 6% in 18-49 and 22% in total viewers.

"Prison" (7.4 million, 3.2/9) won the 8 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 over NBC's "The Biggest Loser" (11.7 million, 3.1/9), but was down from last year's second season 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, 8.4 million.

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