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Sunday-Night Lineup Propels Fox

Fox won the key adult demographics Sunday night with a football over-run and the season premiere of its Sunday night lineup, including King of the Hill
, The Simpsons
, Malcolm in the Middle
and Arrested Development

Fox was second in households and viewers behind first place CBS, which drew 17.1 million viewers with 60 Minutes
and a three-hour special, CBS at 75
. CBS was second for the night, (behind Fox) among adults 25-54. NBC was second among adults 18-49 with Dateline
, American Dreams
and two episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent
(one a repeat).
ABC was fourth in households and tied for third (with CBS) among adults 18-49 with Funniest Home Videos
, 10-8
, Alias
and The Practice
. The WB was fifth across the board with Smallville: Beginnings
, Charmed
and Tarzan

For the night, the Nielsen fast affiliate total viewer tallies: CBS, 17.1 million; Fox, 13.7 million; NBC, 10 million; ABC, 9.6 million; WB, 3.6 million. Adults 18-49: Fox, 6.0 rating/15 share; NBC, 3.7/9; ABC and CBS, 3.5/9.

On Saturday, NBC won the key demos with two episodes of Whoopi
and Law & Order: Criminal Intent
, followed by Law & Order: Spacial Victims Unit
. CBS was first in households and viewers with 48 Hours Investigates
, Hack
and The District

Fox was second in the demos with Cops
and America’s Most Wanted
. ABC was third in the demos and fourth in households with the movie Phenomenon II
and LA Dragnet

On Friday, NBC won households and the key adult demos with Dateline
and the premiere of Third Watch
. ABC was second in the demos and third in households with George Lopez
, Married to the Kellys
, Hope and Faith
, Life with Bonnie
and 20/20 Friday
. CBS was second in households and third in the demos with Joan of Arcadia
and The Handler
. Fox was fourth with Wanda At Large
and Boston Public

WB was fifth with Reba
, Like Family
, Grounded for Life
and All About the Andersons
. UPN was sixth with the movie Blade