‘Top Model’ Has Strong Premiere

Mar 1, 2007  •  Post A Comment

The eighth cycle premiere of The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” set a record among the network’s target 18 to 34 demographic and tied its best premiere rating ever among adults 18 to 49.

“Top Model” scored a 3.4 rating among adults 18 to 34, and a 2.5 rating in 18 to 49, according to Nielsen. The average put The CW in fourth place Wednesday night, ahead of NBC.

Overall, on the final day of the February sweeps, Fox once again ruled the night with “American Idol” and its new quiz show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”

“Idol” slipped slightly from last Wednesday’s episode to earn an 11.8 rating among adults 18 to 49, while “5th Grader” declined 13 percent from its Tuesday premiere to a still-massive 9.8.

Fox announced today it is scheduling more “5th Grader,” adding four Thursday-at-8 p.m. airings in late March and April.

CBS was third with “Jericho,” which matched last week’s return-from-hiatus season low of 2.4, followed by “Criminal Minds” (4.0) and “CSI: NY” (4.3).

ABC was third with “George Lopez” (2.2), “Knights of Prosperity” (1.7), “According to Jim” (2.2) and “In Case of Emergency” (2.0). At 10 p.m., “Lost” matched its season-low 5.7 for the third week in a row, while continuing to win the hour.

Behind The CW, NBC was last with “Friday Night Lights” (1.8) and “Medium” (2.5) matching last week’s series lows and “Deal or No Deal” earning a 2.5.

(Editor: Horowitz)