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[09/30/05 - 12:00 AM]
Led by "Everybody Hates Chris," UPN's New Comedy Block Scores Impressive Year to Year Growth in Key Demos on Highly Competitive Thursday Night

[via press release from UPN]

LED BY "EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS," UPN'S NEW COMEDY BLOCK SCORES IMPRESSIVE YEAR TO YEAR GROWTH IN KEY DEMOS ON HIGHLY COMPETITIVE THURSDAY NIGHT

CHRIS Remains #1 Show at 8-8:30PM in New York with Adults 18-49; Second Place Finishes in its Time Period in Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco

On what is easily now television's most competitive night and in primetime's toughest hour, UPN's critically acclaimed hit EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS opened the new Thursday comedy block with tremendous year-to-year growth. From 8-8:30PM, CHRIS improved the time period by 58% in total viewers (5.7mil), 100% in adults 18-34 (2.2/7), 77% in adults 18-49 (2.3/7), 167% in women 18-34 (2.4/7) and 200% in women 18-49 (2.7/7) versus a year ago.

With a brand new night of series programming, UPN continued to deliver dramatic growth on Thursday (8-10PM) versus last year of 38% in adults 18-34 (1.8/5), 14% in adults 18-49 (1.6/4), 100% in women 18-34 (2.0/5) and 100% in women 18-49 (2.0/5).

Based on Local People Meter data, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS was still impressively competitive in week 2 in key major markets. CHRIS remained the number one show from 8-8:30pm in New York among adults 18-49 (3.9/11), beating all original network competition.

Additionally, CHRIS ranked second among adults 18-49 from 8-8:30 in Chicago (3.2/10 � tie) and Philadelphia (5.0/12), beating "Joey," "Alias" and "Smallville." CHRIS ranked second in San Francisco (2.6/7 -tie).

Among adults 18-34, CHRIS ranked first in New York (4.3/14 � tie) and Philadelphia (6.1/16). CHRIS ranked second in Los Angeles (3.3/10) and Chicago (3.0/11), beating "Survivor," "Joey" and "Alias" in both markets.

The combination of EVE and CUTS beat ABC's "Night Stalker" and WB's "Everwood" from 9-10:00PM in adults 18-34 (1.6/4) and women 18-34 (1.9/5).

EVE was up from last week's premiere by 13% in adults 18-34 (1.7/5) and 5% in women 18-34 (2.1/5).

Source: Preliminary Nielsen affiliate based ratings, 9/29/2005

[EDITOR'S NOTE: What follows is the afternoon update with the final national Nielsen ratings.]

LED BY "EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS," UPN'S NEW COMEDY BLOCK SCORES IMPRESSIVE YEAR TO YEAR GROWTH IN KEY DEMOS ON HIGHLY COMPETITIVE THURSDAY NIGHT

CHRIS Remains #1 Show at 8-8:30PM in New York with Adults 18-49; Second Place Finishes in its Time Period in Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco

On what is easily now television's most competitive night and in primetime's toughest hour, UPN's critically acclaimed hit EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS opened the new Thursday comedy block with tremendous year-to-year growth. From 8-8:30PM, CHRIS improved the time period by 68% in total viewers (6.0mil), 118% in adults 18-34 (2.4/8), 85% in adults 18-49 (2.4/7), 189% in women 18-34 (2.6/8) and 211% in women 18-49 (2.8/8) versus a year ago.

With a brand new night of series programming, UPN continued to deliver dramatic growth on Thursday (8-10PM) versus last year of 38% in adults 18-34 (1.8/5), 21% in adults 18-49 (1.7/4), 110% in women 18-34 (2.1/6) and 110% in women 18-49 (2.1/5).

Nationally, CHRIS beat "Alias" and "Smallville" from 8-8:30PM in women 18-34.

Based on Local People Meter data, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS was still impressively competitive in week 2 in key major markets. CHRIS remained the number one show from 8-8:30pm in New York among adults 18-49 (3.9/11), beating all original network competition.

Additionally, CHRIS ranked second among adults 18-49 from 8-8:30 in Chicago (3.2/10-tie) and Philadelphia (5.0/12), beating "Joey," "Alias" and "Smallville." CHRIS ranked second in San Francisco (2.6/7-tie).

Among adults 18-34, CHRIS ranked first in New York (4.3/14-tie) and Philadelphia (6.1/16). CHRIS ranked second in Los Angeles (3.3/10) and Chicago (3.0/11), beating "Survivor," "Joey" and "Alias" in both markets.

Also driving UPN's year-to-year growth is LOVE, INC, which improved the year ago time period by 55% in adults 18-34 (1.7/5), 31% in adults 18-49 (1.7/4), 122% in women 18-34 (2.0/5) and 133% in women 18-49 (2.1/5).

In week 2, LOVE, INC retained 90% of its premiere audience in adults 18-34 and adults 18-49, 87% in women 18-34 and 88% in women 18-49.

EVE was up from last week's premiere by 13% in adults 18-34 (1.7/5) and 5% in women 18-34 (2.1/5). Week two of EVE also held on to 94% of its premiere total viewer audience (3.2mil), 93% of the adults 18-49 (1.4/4) and 95% of the women 18-49 (1.8/4).

CUTS built over last week's season premiere by 8% in adults 18-34 (1.4/4) and held 100% of its premiere audience in viewers (2.8mil), adults 18-49 (1.2/3), women 18-34 (1.8/4) and women 18-49 (1.5/3).

From 9-10:00PM, the combination of EVE and CUTS beat ABC's "Night Stalker" and WB's "Everwood" from 9-10:00PM in women 18-34 (1.9/5).

Source: NTI, 9/29/2005





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· ALIAS (ABC)
· CUTS (UPN)
· EVE (UPN)
· EVERWOOD (WB)
· EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS (CW)
· JOEY (NBC)
· LOVE, INC. (UPN)
· NIGHT STALKER (ABC)
· SMALLVILLE (CW)
· SURVIVOR (CBS)





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