‘Makeover’ and ‘Wife Swap’ win ABC Sunday

Sep 27, 2004  •  Post A Comment

The two-hour premiere of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and the special preview of “Wife Swap” helped propel the network to a Sunday night win in the adults 18 to 49 demographic and among total viewers.

According to Nielsen Media Research preliminary fast nationals, “Home Edition” scored a 6.8/17 among adults 18 to 49, the highest nonsports number of the night. The reality makeover show won the night in nonsports viewers, bringing in 16.33 million.

At 7 p.m. (ET) an NFL overrun and a repeat episode of “The Simpsons” won Fox the hour in adults 18 to 49 and viewers (6.7/21 and 15.53 million). NBC newsmagazine “Dateline” scored a 2.3/7 in adults 18 to 49 and brought in 7.94 million viewers, beating CBS’s “60 Minutes” in the demo (2.0/6) but not in viewers (10.70 million). Like Fox, CBS benefited from a football overrun. The season premiere of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” was ABC’s only laggard on Sunday, scoring a 1.9/6 in the demo and 6.28 million viewers.

At 8 p.m. (ET), the season premiere of NBC’s “American Dreams” beat a special preview of CBS’s “Clubhouse” by 63 percent in the demo (3.1/8 versus 1.9/5), but neither show could best “Home Edition,” which dominated the 9 p.m. hour in all key demos and viewers.

At 9 p.m. Christine Lahti competed with herself, since here CBS movie “Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman” ran head-to-head against her series on The WB, “Jack & Bobby.” “Revenge” scored a 3.0/7 in adults 18 to 49 to “Jack & Bobby’s” 1.3/3 in the demo. “Jack & Bobby” was up 8 percent in adults 18 to 49 from last week’s episode and up 7 percent in persons 12 to 34. The season premiere of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” got a 4.3/10 in adults 18 to 49, down 17 percent from last season’s premiere.

At 10 p.m. (ET), ABC’s “Wife Swap” scored a 5.3/13 in the demo, up 33 percent from last season’s “The Practice” premiere. NBC’s “Crossing Jordan” came in second in the time period with a 4.6/12 in adults 18 to 49, 10 percent above the premiere of “The Lyon’s Den” in 2003.

ABC won the night with 12.56 million viewers, followed by CBS (11.87 million), NBC (10.36 million), Fox (7.85 million) and The WB (3.60 million).

ABC won the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 5.2/14, followed by NBC (3.6/9), Fox (3.5/9), CBS (2.5/7), and The WB (1.6/4).