The season finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the series premiere
of America's Next Top Model scored UPN some of its highest ratings
of the season.
Buffy went off the air with a bang, winning its best ratings since last
November in persons 12 through 34 (2.7/8), adults 18 through 49 (2.5/7), total viewers (4.9
million), females 12 through 34 (3.0/8) and female teens (2.8/10).
It also won third place in its time period among persons 12 through 34, adults 18 through 34,
females 12 through 34, women 18 through 34 and total teens, behind Fox's American Idol: Search for a Superstar
and The WB Television Network's Gilmore Girls finale.
America's Next Top Model, executive-produced by supermodel Tyra Banks,
achieved its time period's highest ratings of the season among females 12 through 34
(2.3/6), women 18 through 34 (2.6/6) and women 18 through 49 (2.0/5).
The show also built from half-hour to half-hour, jumping 13% among persons
12 through 34, 24% among adults 18 through 34, 14% among adults 18 through 49 and 12% among total
Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.
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