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Fox Wins Thursday With ‘Hole,’ ‘Nightmares’

September 12, 2008 2:33 PM

Kitchen NightmaresAfter two previews earlier in the week, “Hole in the Wall” finally burst into its regular time slot to midlevel ratings, as Fox wrapped up the Thursday nightly win on the back of reality.

“Wall” in its hourlong incarnation brought in a 2.3 rating/7 share among adults 18 to 49 years old, according to Nielsen Media Research, raising 21% from Tuesday’s post-“Fringe” preview.

“Kitchen Nightmares” increased by 21% from its two-hour special last Thursday, in part because it didn’t have to compete with the NFL this week.

Fox took the night with a 2.6/8.

Ratings took an uptick as CBS’ “Big Brother” winds down, increasing 17% from last week to a 2.7/8, as the show enters the final stretch of its 10th season. “Flashpoint” also enjoyed a bounce with a 2.2/6, the show’s highest numbers.

CBS placed second with a 2.4/7.

NBC, with repeats and a low-rated half-hour special episode of “America’s Got Talent” (2.3/8), placed third with a 1.8/5. Repeats gave ABC fourth with a 1.5/4 and The CW fifth with a 0.7/2.

What to Watch for This Weekend:


Fox: “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” returns at 9 p.m. to form Fox’s “Pushy Show Title Friday Night Block.” The 8 o’clock show, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” sincerely questions the viewer’s intelligence, while “Lyrics” commands you to remember songs. Quit hasslin’ me, Fox.


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