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‘Chris’ Overtakes ‘Joey’ to Finish Behind ‘Survivor’

Sep 23, 2005  •  Post A Comment

On the fourth night of the 2005-06 season, UPN’s “Everybody Hates Chris” slipped past NBC’s “Joey” in total viewers and the 18 to 49 demographic to finish second for the half-hour to “Survivor: Guatemala.”

It was just the start of a bad night for NBC, which got compelling evidence that the bubble has burst for the Donald Trump version of “The Apprentice.”

According to preliminary national data from Nielsen Media Research, “Chris,” the autobiographical comedy from Chris Rock, averaged 7.58 million viewers and a 3.2 rating in the demo. “Joey,” in its third-worst outing ever, averaged 7.57 million viewers and a 3.0 rating in the demo.

“The Apprentice” opened its fourth run with 9.8 million viewers and a 4.6 rating, which ranks as its worst-performing regularly scheduled episode and premiere.

CBS won the night easily, even if showing some year-to-year slippage in “Survivor” (16.6 million viewers, 5.9 in the demo) and the return of “CSI” (28.3 million viewers, 9.9). A special premiere in the “Without a Trace” time slot started off CBS’s “Criminal Minds” with 19.8 million viewers and a 6.7 in the demo and a win over NBC’s “ER” (14.3 million viewers and a 6.7 in the demo).

ABC’s high point was the half-hour in which John O’Hurley learned that he had narrowly beat Kelly Monaco in the results finale of “Dancing With the Stars: Dance-Off”(10.3 million, 2.6).

Fox saw the second installment of “Reunion” (5.3 million, 2.5) lose some of its lead-in from “The O.C.” (6.3 million, 2.9) but improve by 56 percent year to year in the demo and 46 percent in total viewers.

Following “Everybody Hates Chris,” UPN’s lineup proceeded to lose lead-in. The new “Love, Inc.” earned a 2.0, only 63 percent of the 18 to 49 demo delivered by “Chris.” The returning “Eve” (1.5) and the new “Cuts” (1.2) were off 25 percent and 37 percent, respectively from “Smackdown!’s” premiere a year ago.

The WB’s Thursday lineup finished last with repeats of “Smallville” (1.1) and “Twins” (0.7).