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‘Law & Order’ Return Posts Average Ratings

January 3, 2008 12:34 PM

Law and Order (NBC)While all eyes were on the return of the late-night hosts, let’s take a moment to run down Wednesday night’s prime-time figures.

Veteran crime drama “Law & Order” returned for its 18th season, with its premiere up only slightly from its 2006 opener.

The two-hour “Order” posted a 3.8 preliminary Nielsen rating among adults 18 to 49—up 6% from its last round, when it aired on Friday nights. “Order” tied for second place in the time period with the return of ABC’s “Supernanny.”

Although NBC was third in the 18-49 demo, the combination of “Order” and a new “Deal or No Deal” (3.4) gave the network a win among total viewers.

Fox was first in the demo with the Fiesta Bowl, featuring Oklahoma vs. West Virginia (4.3), and a pre-game (3.3).

ABC was second, with the season premiere of “Wife Swap” (3.3) leading into two new hours of “Supernanny” (3.6 and 4.0), all roughly in line with last season.

CBS came in fourth with the premiere of “Power of 10” (1.7 and down 17% from its out-of-season debut in August), and repeats of “Criminal Minds” (2.1) and “CSI: NY” (1.8).

The CW had its ongoing dismal-performing reality show “Crowned” (0.8) and “Gossip Girl” (1.0).

Later, the return of writerless Jay Leno (5.3 household rating) still managed to best David Letterman (4.3). TVTattle.com has a detailed list of links of critical takes and Defamer.com has video from all the late night hosts. Here's a clip from Letterman's monologue:


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Comments (2)

Peter Brown:

Who is in the photo above? Is it even from Law & Order?

That's Peter Coyote in the pic, not Sam Waterston.

And although I enjoy Peter in lots of docs on Haight Ashbury and in eps of The 4400, he is not on Law & Order.

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