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‘Champ,’ ‘Pride’ Duke It Out, But ‘Big Brother’ Wins Decision

Sep 8, 2004  •  Post A Comment

The second new episode of NBC’s animated comedy “Pride of the Family” beat the debut of Fox’s reality boxing show “The Next Great Champ” at 9 p.m. (ET) Tuesday night, but the real heavyweight of the time period was CBS’s “Big Brother,” which won the hour in households and the adults 18 to 49 demographic.

According to Nielsen Media Research, “Champ,” which is produced by Endemol USA, premiered with a 3.3 rating and 5 share among households in the preliminary nationals, and a 2.4 /6 in the 18 to 49 demo. The DreamWorks Television-produced “Pride” garnered a 6.1/9 in the 9-9:30 p.m. time period among households and a 4.1/11 in adults 18 to 49. That’s a 21 percent drop in households from its premiere last week (7.1/12), and a 24 percent drop in adults 18 to 49 (5.4/15). The Fox and NBC head-to-head has been closely watched since DreamWorks sued Endemol over its own rival boxing show, “The Contender,” in an effort to keep “Champ” off the air.

“Big Brother” scored a 6.8 rating and 11 share among households and a 4.5/12 in the demo. That wasn’t enough to win the title of highest-rated program of the night, however. Its lead-out, “Amazing Race,” earned that distinction with a 7.0/12 household number and a 4.9/13 in adults 18 to 49.