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Freshness Not Enough for Fox Comedies

April 17, 2008 3:31 PM

Biggest Loser

Fox comedies “Back to You” and “’Til Death” returned to originals with subpar to average numbers, while “American Idol” won yet another night with a recent ratings low.

According to Nielsen numbers, “Death” scored a 2.0 rating/6 share, its lowest rating since January 2007, when the show ran on Thursdays. “Back to You” (2.5/7) managed to break about even with its last original in November.

“Idol” (8.8/22) unsurprisingly was the highest-rated show of the night, despite a four-year low rating, excluding specials. Fox was first for the night with a 5.5/15.

Second-place CBS (3.2/9) improved overall from last week with a 10% rise for “Big Brother” (2.3/7), a 6% bump for “Criminal Minds” and a 22% increase for “CSI: NY” (3.9/10).

In third, ABC (2.3/6) started the night with the Pennsylvania Democratic debate (2.7/7), while “Men in Trees” wandered back onto the schedule with a below-average 1.5/4.

“Deal or No Deal” (2.6/8) was slightly above last week’s rating on fourth-place NBC (1.9/5), which closed the night with “Law & Order” repeats.

In fifth place, The CW (1.4/4) brought in a good showing from “America’s Next Top Model” (1.9/8), which won the hour in 18- to 34-year-olds with a 2.2/7. “Pussycat Dolls” was even from last week with a 0.9/2.

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