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'Hole' Lotta Success for Fox’s Sneak Preview

September 8, 2008 2:46 PM

Hole“Hole in the Wall” broke through during a special sneak preview on Sunday, taking over as the No. 1 debut in the ratings so far this season.

“Hole” scored a 3.5 rating/9 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen Medial Research data.

The show built 9% on its lead-in, and ranked as the highest-rated non-sports-related show of the night.

Missed it? Well, Fox has your “Holes” covered. Not only did “Wall” premiere Sunday, but another new half-hour will air after “Fringe” on Tuesday, and the show will debut in its normal hourlong slot Thursday at 8 p.m.

NFL runover (5.2/17) and “The OT” (3.2/10), plus animation repeats, rounded out the rest of the Fox schedule, which placed second for the night with a 3.2/9.

Football dominated on first-place NBC, as the Sunday night kickoff between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts brought in a 6.7/16. The game aired live, which should affect its ratings once national ratings are released; usually the numbers increase in the final tally.

The Bears-Colts contest landed very close to the preliminary data for last year’s Sunday night NFL premiere between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. NBC won the night with a 5.5/14.

Postponed from Saturday due to rain, tennis coverage of the U.S. Open women’s finals took in a 1.3/3, while “Big Brother” finished the night on the high side with a 2.7/7, up 42%. Again, fast nationals working with live coverage should be considered tentative.

CBS placed third with a 1.7/4.

ABC ended the night in fourth with a 1.4/4, with “America United: In Support of Our Troops” pulling in a 1.3/3.

The CW took last with a 0.7/2.

What to Watch for Tonight:

Fox: There is absolutely no way I’m making an “I’ll be back” joke regarding the second-season premiere of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” at 8 p.m.

The CW: So, if “Gossip Girl” (tonight at 8 p.m.), “90210” and “America’s Next Top Model” are The CW’s top franchises, when are we getting that crossover that everybody (read: nobody) wants? If Salem the cat from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” can wander on to “Boy Meets World,” “You Wish” and “Teen Angel” for some arbitrary reason, surely Gossip Girl can rag on Tyra and Annie Wilson.

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