’24’ Returns Strong For Fox

Jan 15, 2007  •  Post A Comment

An NFL overrun gave CBS the lead Sunday night, but most of the ratings drama was on Fox and NBC, which had the return of “24’s” Jack Bauer and the second airings of NBC’s reality slate.

Fox’s two-hour “24” premiere earned a 6.1 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures. That’s higher than the show’s 2005 premiere, but down from its football-aided debut last year. The performance helped boost Fox into second place for the evening.

On first-place CBS, “Cold Case” and “Without a Trace” both posted a 4.0, but the network was boosted significantly by a football overrun of 11.6.

ABC was second, led by “Desperate Housewives,” which posted its lowest rating ever for an original episode with a 6.8, and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” which had a season-low 4.0. “Brothers & Sisters” earned a 4.8.

NBC’s second week of its reality block took a sharp drop, leaving the network in fourth place. “Grease: You’re the One That I Want” earned a 2.7, down 37 percent from its premiere last week. “The Apprentice” had a 2.8, down 32 percent.

(Editor: Liff)