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Football Scores Again; ‘Fringe’ Repeat Holds Up Well

September 15, 2008 1:21 PM

FringeFootball ran all over the rest of the night in ratings, while Fox threw in some extra bells and whistles to generate support of its rebroadcast of the “Fringe” pilot.

The Cleveland Browns versus the Pittsburgh Steelers took the top spot in the ratings, pulling down a 6.5 rating/16 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research.

The game is on pace with last week’s Colts/Bears season opener in the fast nationals. Of course, live events are more subject to change in prelim ratings and should be considered approximate.

NBC brought in a 5.4/14 for the night, putting it in first place.

CBS, with a 3.0/8, took second thanks to its NFL overrun (6.5/20). “Big Brother” (2.3/6) took a 12% dip from last week as the show heads toward its Tuesday conclusion. Again, CBS’ data is considered approximate.

ABC and Fox tied for third, as ABC took in a 2.1/5 with its repeats and Fox nabbed a 2.1/6 with reruns of “The Simpsons” and “Fringe” (2.3/6). Besides carting out “Fringe” for a second lap, Fox also aired a preview for next week’s episode, as well as made-for-TV movie “24: Redemption” and feature film “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

Despite being a repeat, “Fringe” slid only 28% from its first run on Tuesday. The additional viewers could add some momentum to “Fringe’s” second episode Tuesday, which also has the benefit of a big lead-in in the form of the return of “House.”

The CW placed fifth with a 0.8/2.

What to Watch for Tonight:

NBC: “Deal or No Deal” is new tonight at 8 p.m. After giving up the show’s first million-dollar prize earlier this month, NBC has given the Banker the option to deal in either lire or dinars. But only the Serbian dinar. NBC and the producers can’t afford to be paying out those big Tunisian dinars. They have families to feed.

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