‘Contender’ Moves to Sunday Slot; ‘Jake in Progress,’ ‘Sketch Show’ Premiere

Mar 14, 2005  •  Post A Comment

NBC’s boxing reality show “The Contender” had its time period premiere Sunday after two special previews last week. Also on Sunday ABC debuted “Jake in Progress” and Fox opened “Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show.”

At 8 p.m. (ET), “The Contender” scored a 2.7 preliminary national rating in adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was 4 percent above the time period average for the season in the demo. “Contender” came in fourth in the time period behind ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (7.6) — which was the highest-rated show for the night in the demo — CBS’s “Cold Case” (3.6), and Fox’s comedy block of “The Simpsons” and “Arrested Development” (a combined 3.5). “Contender” grew 35 percent in adults 18 to 49 from half-hour to half-hour.

At 9 p.m. on ABC two episodes of the single-camera comedy “Jake in Progress” scored a combined 5.5 rating in the demo for the hour, down from a season average of 10.3 for “Desperate Housewives.” The two episodes of “Jake” won the hour in the demo, edging out NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (5.4), but the numbers dropped 12 percent from the first episode (5.8) to the second (5.1).

At 9:30 p.m. on Fox, “The Sketch Show” scored a 2.4 in the demo, a 9 percent increase over the time period season average.

ABC won the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 5.3, followed by NBC (3.7), Fox (2.9), CBS (2.5) and The WB (1.1).