July 13, 2005

Baseball All-Stars top ‘Rock Star’ Tuesday

By Cynthia Littleton

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS' new summer series
"Rock Star: INXS" saw its fortunes improve in its second outing
on Tuesday, but Fox appeared to take the night easily with its
live coverage of Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Game.

The 10 p.m. airing of "Rock Star," in which contestants vie
to fill the shoes of the Australian band's late vocalist
Michael Hutchence, brought in 6.3 million viewers and 3.1
rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demographic.

It improved on Monday's lackluster premiere numbers (5.5
million, 2.4/7), and did a respectable job of holding its 18-49
demo lead-in from 9 p.m.'s "Big Brother 6" (8.5 million,
3.4/10). However, NBC's repeat of "Law & Order: SVU" (8.8
million, 2.8/7) won the time slot in viewers.

Reliable national estimates for Fox's live game coverage
won't be available until later Wednesday, but preliminary
estimates indicate a healthy, if not spectacular, turnout for
baseball's annual mid-season showcase bout.

NBC saw more modest returns for "Average Joe" (5.1 million,
2.2/7) and "I Want to Be a Hilton" (4.2 million, 1.9/5), as did
ABC for its 10 p.m. summer drama "Empire" (4.7 million, 1.6/4).
CBS placed second for the night behind Fox with an average of 8
million viewers and 2.9/9 in adults 18-49.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter