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Fox Wins Night, but ‘Pumpkin’ Still Proves Popular

October 29, 2008 11:45 AM

The annual airing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” helped ABC gain some ground in the Tuesday 8 p.m. slot, while “House” carried Fox to a nightly win.

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“Pumpkin” drew a 3.4 rating/9 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data.

The more than 40-year-old animated special improved the time period by 70% compared with last week’s “Dancing With the Stars” recap, which itself helped the slot substantially from the canceled “Opportunity Knocks.”

However, “Pumpkin” declined 11% from its 2007 showing.

Cloris Leachman was shown the exit on “Dancing,” which pulled in a flat 3.8/10, followed by “Eli Stone” with an average 2.0/5.

ABC placed fourth with a 3.1/8.

Even with a repeat “Fringe,” “House” (5.3/14), despite a 5% decline, gave Fox the nightly win with a 3.9/10.

CBS’ “NCIS” (3.4/9, 17.1 million) dipped 6% in its ratings to a season low, while “The Mentalist” (3.8/9, 16.1 million) and “Without a Trace” (2.9/8, 12.1 million) made significant week-to-week gains, both moving up 12%.

CBS took second in adults 18-49 with a 3.4/9, but it won the night in total viewers with 15.1 million.

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” held to its average with a 3.1/8, while “Law & Order: SVU” (3.4/9) stumbled a tenth of a ratings point from last week. NBC ended the night in third with a 3.2/8.

The CW’s “90210” (1.6/4) returned to originals after three weeks of repeats, hitting only a slight bump and declining 6% from its last new episode on Oct. 7. “Privileged” enjoyed some solid week-to-week gains with “90210’s” return, growing 57%. Last week’s original “Privileged” was low behind a “90210” repeat.

The CW took fifth with a 1.3/3.

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