‘Contender’ Sneak Preview Gets Knocked Out by the Competition

Mar 8, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The 84-minute special Tuesday night sneak preview of the reality boxing show “The Contender” failed to deliver many solid punches, coming in second to CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” and “CSI: Miami” and keeping just ahead of ABC’s “Supernanny.”

“The Contender” scored a 4.1 preliminary national rating in the adults 18 to 49 demographic and 8.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. “Contender” outperformed the last half-hour of ABC’s special “Boss Swap” in the demo at 9:30 p.m. (4.3 versus 2.8). But ABC’s “Supernanny” closed the gap with a 3.6 in the 10 p.m. half-hour and a 4.0 at 10:30 p.m., compared with “The Contender’s” 3.9 at 10 p.m. and 4.2 at 10:30 p.m.

Both networks were eclipsed by CBS, with “Men” garnering a 5.6 in the demo at 9:30 p.m. and “CSI” topping the 10 p.m. hour with a 7.3.

The big winner for the night was Fox, with “American Idol” scoring a 10.0 in the demo at 8 p.m., the highest-rated show on Tuesday, followed by “24,” which garnered a 5.6. Fox was the top-rated network in the demo with a 7.8, followed by CBS (5.1), NBC (3.9), ABC (3.0), the WB (1.2) and UPN (1.1).