Fox's 'K-Ville' Premiere Tops Monday Ratings
September 18, 2007 11:08 AM
The first fall freshman drama series is out of the gate and off to a promising start.
The debut of Fox’s New Orleans cop drama “K-Ville” built on its “Prison Break” lead-in and won the night.
“K-Ville" earned a 3.4 rating among adults 18 to 49. The number built on the third-season premiere of “Prison Break,” which garnered a 3.2.
"'K-Ville' debuted to very solid numbers and we're very happy for Jonathan Lisco, Anthony, Cole and the entire cast and crew," said Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Liguori. "We certainly can't rest now, but it's a great start."
The “Prison” premiere was down 14 percent from last year (which, in turn, was down from its debut season), yet narrowly won the 8 p.m. hour. Some feel “Prison” is so heavily serialized that, by this point, you’re either a fan or you’re not, so a third-season dip isn’t a surprise.
The premieres gave Fox a Monday-night victory, with CBS coming in second with repeats.
NBC was third with the season premiere of “Deal or No Deal” (3.1) followed by “Singing Bee” (2.8), then a repeat.
“Deal” was down a steep 30 percent from last year, yet had less premiere competition. NBC has done a terrific job promoting its fall freshman dramas, but the game show originals may have snuck up on viewers anticipating more summer repeats.
ABC was fourth with reality repeats and The CW was fifth.