July 6, 2005

CBS has enough ‘Fire’ to win Tuesday ratings

By Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Not many TV viewers wanted
to be fired or become a Hilton Tuesday.

CBS's "Fire Me ... Please" and NBC's "I Want to Be a
Hilton" finished behind a repeat of Fox's rookie medical drama
"House" (7.7 million, 2.8 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49
demographic) in the 9 p.m. hour, according to preliminary
ratings data released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

A strong second half pushed "Fire Me" to second place in
the hour (6.6 million, 2.6/7) in both categories, although
between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. the show was beaten by ABC's
"According to Jim" repeat (6.3 million, 2.4/7). Yet "Fire Me"
was able to overtake a repeat of "Rodney," which sank to 5.4
million viewers and a 2.0/6 in the demo. "Hilton" on the other
hand, struggled throughout the hour, finishing with 4.8 million
total viewers and a 1.9/6 in the demo.

Faring only slightly better was NBC's "Average Joe: The
Joes Strike Back," whose premiere last week was broadcast
during different times on the coasts due to the presidential
address at Fort Bragg, N.C. "Average Joe" (4.9 million, 2.0/6)
did a little bit better at 8 p.m. Tuesday than its premiere
last week, giving it a virtual tie with a repeat of ABC's "My
Wife and Kids" (6.2 million, 2.0/7) for a win in the
demographic during the hour. CBS's "Celebrity Weddings
Revealed," a special of Entertainment Tonight, averaged 6.1
million total viewers for a win in its time period though only
a 1.7/6 in the demo.

At 10 p.m., the ABC summer miniseries about ancient Rome
called "Empire" (5.2 million, 1.8/5) fell to both CBS's "48
Hours" (7.3 million, 2.3/7) and a repeat of NBC's "Law & Order:
SVU" (8.4 million, 3.0.8).

Among total viewers, CBS (6.5 million, 2.1/6) won the night
while NBC (6 million, 2.3/7) and Fox (6 million, 2.3/7) were in
a virtual tie for second place and for first place in the demo.
ABC (5.7 million, 2.0/6) trailed.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter