‘Extreme Makeover,’ ‘Bachelorette,’ ’24’ Open, But NBC Wins Night

Jan 12, 2005  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s reality season premieres and Fox’s two hours of “24” kept both networks competitive in the adults 18 to 49 demographic on the season’s first night of post-football regular programming, but with help from its new drama “Medium,” NBC won Monday night in the demo and total viewers.

The second episode of “Medium” at 10 p.m. (ET) was the highest-scoring show of the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 6.3, according to Nielsen Media Research. That tied its own performance from its premiere last week but outperformed a repeat of CBS’s “CSI: Miami,” which garnered a 4.7. “Medium” also won the night in total viewers, bringing in 16.34 million.

On ABC, the season premiere of reality spinoff “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How’d they Do That?” scored a 4.2 in the demo, up 180 percent over former time period holder “Life of Luxury.”

At 9 p.m. a two-hour season premiere of “The Bachelorette”–featuring audience favorite Jen Schefft from the first season of “The Bachelor”–scored a 4.3 in adults 18 to 49. “Bachelorette” grew 39 percent in the demo from its first half-hour (3.6) to the 9:30 p.m. half-hour (5.0).

On Fox, a special 8 p.m. episode of “24” scored a 4.7 in the demo and 11. 90 million viewers, winning the hour not only in adults 18 to 49 and total viewers but also among men 18 to 34 (4.2), men 25 to 54 (5.8) and adults 25 to 54 (5.4).

At 9 p.m. “24’s” time-period premiere, the second episode of the night and the fourth of the season (including Sunday night’s special two-episode premiere) scored a 5.3 in the demo and 13.3 million viewers. That wasn’t enough to take total viewers for the hour from CBS’s Monday 9 p.m. comedy block, but was enough to win the hour in adults 18 to 49, men 18 to 34 (4.3), men 18 to 49 (5.9), men 25 to 54 (6.8) adults 25 to 54 (6.3).

NBC won the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 5.1, followed by Fox (5.0), ABC (4.3), CBS (4.2), UPN (1.2) and The WB (1.0).

Among total viewers, NBC also took Monday, bringing in 13.21 million, followed by CBS (12.74 million), Fox (12.64 million), ABC (9.93 million), UPN (3.02 million) and The WB (2.70 million).