Fox’s ‘Winner’ Posts Solid Debut

Mar 5, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s new half-hour comedy “The Winner” made a solid debut Sunday night, earning a 3.5 rating among adults 18 to 49.

That’s up 21 percent over the 8:30 p.m. time period’s recent average, though the new series’ second episode, airing at 9:30 p.m., dropped to a 3.1. Also, “Winner” fell off from the episodes of “The Simpsons” (4.2) and “Family Guy” (4.4) that bookended the new show.

Overall Fox came in third for the night, behind ABC, which aired the night’s top three shows: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (5.3), “Desperate Housewives” (7.4) and “Brothers and Sisters” (4.7). “Housewives” had its best performance since late November.

In second place, CBS’s “The Amazing Race: All Stars” is beginning to gain some steam after its meager debut: The series is up 28 percent over last week and up 19 percent compared with its premiere (3.7). “Cold Case” (3.3) and “Without a Trace” (4.7) were about on par.

NBC’s reshuffled reality block improved slightly, but still finished in fourth place for the evening. “Grease: You’re the One That I Want” (1.8) posted its second-worst showing, but the 9 p.m. time-period premiere of “Deal or No Deal” boosted the slot (3.3), as did “The Apprentice” (2.7).

The CW came in last with repeats.

(Editor: Horowitz)