Solid Attendance for Fox’s ‘Wedding’

Mar 8, 2007  •  Post A Comment

The premiere of David E. Kelley’s dramedy “The Wedding Bells” on Fox pulled a solid rating, yet suffered a steep dropoff from its “American Idol” lead-in. There was more bad news for ABC’s “Lost,” while The CW’s “Pussycat Dolls” pulled off a surprising repeat performance.

“Bells” earned a 5.2 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsens, winning the hour. But “Bells” maintained only 47 percent of its “Idol” lead in of 11.1 (compared to “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader,” which held on to 82 percent last Wednesday).

Fox came in first for the night, followed by ABC, which had some mixed news. Its comedy block performed better than usual, with “George Lopez” (2.1) followed by “According to Jim” (3.2), hitting a season high, and “In Case of Emergency” (2.7), matching its series-high debut. But “Lost” sank to yet another series low, falling to a 5.5.

On third-place CBS, “Jericho” did a 2.2, followed by repeats. Fourth-place NBC had “Dateline” (2.0) sitting in for “Friday Night Lights”; the time-period premiere of “Crossing Jordan” (2.4), matching its prior average; and “Medium” (3.0).

On The CW, “America’s Next Top Model” earned a 2.0, followed by a repeat of the first episode of “Pussycat Dolls: Search for the Next Doll,” which scored a surprising a 1.6 – almost the same audience as the reality show’s Tuesday night premiere.

(Editor: Horowitz)