A base hit for returning ‘Prison Break’
Rises by 17 percent in 18-49s after baseball break
October 25, 2005
Fox’s Prison Break got an early jump on the competition, debuting three weeks before premiere week, but that raised a question: How would it hold up against other first-run shows after taking three weeks off for the baseball playoffs?
The early answer is it will hold up just fine: Prison Break averaged a 4.8 final Nielsen rating among viewers 18-49 last night in its first new episode since Oct. 3.
Last night’s rating was up 17 percent versus the 4.1 18-49 rating the show had averaged through seven previous episodes.
Though the show finished only third in its timeslot, its rating has to encourage Fox. It’s head-to-head against tough competition at 9 p.m. in ABC’s Monday Night Football and CBS’s Two and a Half Men, but it’s doing very well until proven hit 24 takes over the timeslot come mid-season.
And that’s with no lead-in to speak of. Yesterday Fox aired a Prison rerun at 8 p.m., which did much better with a wan 2.6 rating than usual lead-in comedies Arrested Development and Kitchen Confidential have been doing.
Elsewhere last night, CBS edged ABC for first for the night in the 18-49s, averaging a 5.2 rating and a 13 share. ABC was second at 5.0/13. NBC finished third at 3.8/9, Fox fourth at 3.7/9, UPN fifth at 1.4/4 and the WB sixth at 1.1/3.
CBS was first at 8 p.m. with a 3.9 average for the comedies The King of Queens (3.9) and How I Met Your Mother (3.9). ABC and NBC tied for second with a 2.9 for “Wife Swap” and Surface, respectively. A rerun of “Prison” was fourth on Fox with a 2.5.
ABC led at 9 p.m. with a 5.8 average for the first hour of its MNF game between the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons. CBS was second with a 5.0 average for Two and a Half Men (5.5) and Out of Practice (4.4) and Fox third with its 4.8 for Prison Break.
CBS took the lead at 10 p.m. with a 6.8 average for CSI: Miami. NBC averaged a 4.6 for Medium.
Among households, CBS led the night with a 10.0 average rating and a 15 share. ABC was second at 8.6/13, NBC third at 7.4/11, Fox fourth at 5.3/8, UPN fifth at 2.2/3 and the WB sixth at 2.1/3.
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