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‘Commander’ Wins Tuesday Viewers; ‘SVU’ Scores in Demo

Sep 28, 2005  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s high-profile presidential drama “Commander in Chief” was the top-rated series Tuesday night in total viewers, but NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” won the night in the adults 18 to 49 demographic.

“Commander” drew 16.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research’s preliminary national ratings. Despite the high viewer numbers, in the adults 18 to 49 demo “Commander” scored a 4.3 rating, ranking third in the 9 p.m. (ET) time period behind the first hour of “Amazing Race: Family Edition” on CBS (4.4) and the time period winner, Fox’s sophomore medical drama “House” (5.0). NBC’s new comedy “My Name Is Earl” also beat “Commander” in the 9-9:30 p.m. half-hour (4.9).

The season premiere of ABC’s “Boston Legal” at 10 p.m. scored a 3.4 in the demo, up 3 percent from the final-season premiere of “NYPD Blue” last season, but down 29 percent from its own year-ago, post-“Desperate Housewives” debut. “Legal” was also eclipsed by the second half of the two-hour “Race” premiere (4.4).

The WB’s “Supernatural” declined slightly from its series premiere last week, dropping 5 percent in adults 18 to 49 (2.1 versus 2.2) and 4 percent in persons 12 to 34 (2.3 versus 2.4).

Arguably the most underwhelming premiere of the night was UPN’s soapy drama “Sex, Love & Secrets,” which debuted with a 0.5 in the demo at 9 p.m. That was down 50 percent from last year’s season premiere of “Veronica Mars” and down 62 percent from its lead-in, a repeat of “America’s Next Top Model” (1.3).