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‘Ghost Whisperer’ Scares Up Friday Audience

Sep 26, 2005  •  Post A Comment

CBS’s new drama “Ghost Whisperer” was the most watched show of the first Friday of the season, while tying the season premiere of CBS’s procedural one-hour “Numb3rs” for the top spot in the adults 18 to 49 demographic.

“Ghost” had 11.3 million viewers and scored a 3.0 in the demo at 8 p.m. (ET), according to Nielsen Media Research. That was up 25 percent over last year’s second-season premiere of “Joan of Arcadia” (2.4). On Fox the time period premiere of “The Bernie Mac Show” (1.5) was up 25 percent over last season’s premiere of “The Complex” in the half-hour, with a second “Bernie Mac” episode at 8:30 p.m. building 20 percent over the 8 p.m. show and 64 percent over the second half of “The Complex’s” year-ago performance.

At 9 p.m. the time period premiere of CBS’s sci-fi drama “Threshold” scored a 2.5 in the demo, down 14 percent from its two-hour premiere the previous Friday. On NBC the debut of the reality series “Three Wishes” tied “Threshold” in adults 18 to 49 but declined from last season’s premiere of “Third Watch” (3.4). Fox’s debut of “Killer Instinct” equaled its “Bernie Mac” demo lead-in (1.8), but grew 125 percent over last year’s time period holder, an encore of “The Next Great Champ” (0.8).

At 10 p.m. “Numb3rs” won the hour in the demo with a 3.0, besting the season premiere of ABC’s “20/20” (2.9) and NBC’s debut of the fertility clinic drama “Inconceivable” (2.1), which was down 48 percent from last year’s premiere of “Medical Investigation.”