Yeah, NBC had a real bad evening — but at least half of its schedule was repeats. Plus, last night was part of a holiday weekend.
Performing far better was ABC’s “American Idol” season premiere, which carried the Disney-owned broadcast channel to a first place finish in the key demo. CBS was able to finish first in total-viewer averages, however, besting ABC’s primetime by just 18,000 audience members.
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ABC was first in ratings with a 1.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 6.151 million, according to preliminary numbers. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7 p.m.