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‘Prison Break,’ Katrina Coverage Top Week

Sep 7, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s attempt to get an early start to the 2005-06 season with its new drama “Prison Break” paid off, giving the network a tie with CBS for No. 1 in the adults 18 to 49 demographic for the week ended Sept. 4. In total viewers NBC’s special Wednesday “Dateline” took the top spot with its coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The special two-hour Monday premiere of “Break” scored a 4.6 rating in adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research. A Wednesday repeat of “CSI: Miami” scored a 3.8 in the demo, followed by the special “Dateline” (3.7), a Monday 9:30 p.m. (ET) repeat of “Two and a Half Men” (3.6) and Wednesday’s ABC News special “In the Path of Katrina” (3.5), which tied the Tuesday edition of CBS summer reality series “Big Brother.”

In total viewers “Dateline” Wednesday garnered 12.2 million viewers, followed by “CSI: Miami” (11.6 million), CBS’s “60 Minutes” (11.3 million), “Men” (10.8 million) and a Friday edition of “Dateline” (10.7 million).

CBS and Fox tied for the week in adults 18 to 49 with a 2.3, followed by NBC and ABC (both 2.0), UPN (0.9) and The WB (0.8).

In total viewers CBS came out on top with 7.5 million, followed by NBC (6.1 million), Fox and ABC (both 5.7 million), UPN (2.4 million) and the WB (1.9 million).