Verdict In: 'Trial By Jury' Winner With Viewers

Jerry Orbach’s final appearance on television produced slightly less numbers than Trial By Jury’s Thursday debut, but it was enough to help NBC win the night with an 8.1 rating/14 share. CBS was well behind in second with a share of 5.8/10, followed by ABC, 4.9/9; The WB, 1.9/3; FOX, 1.8/3; and UPN, 1.5/3.

NBC started well with Dateline winning the 8-9 slot by getting a shaer of 7.1/13, while CBS finished second with “Joan of Arcadia,” at 5.3/10. ABC went with back-to-back episdoes of “8 Simple Rules,” averaging a 4.6/9 for the hour. The FOX special “Assembling Robots: The Magic, the Music and the Comedy” drew weak numbers at 1.8/3, followed by “The Bernie Mac Show” with a 1.9/3. Two episodes of “What I Like About You” gave The WB a 1.6/3, while “America’s Next Top Model” diva special rerun got a minuscule 1.5/3 for UPN.

“Law & Order: SVU” kept the ball rolling for NBC at 9 p.m., 7.6/13, beating CBS’ “NUMB3RS” repeat, 6.1/11. “Hope & Faith” and “Less Than Perfect” averaged a 4.3/8 for ABC, while “Reba” and “Blue Collar TV” took The WB up to a 2.2/4 for the hour. “Jonny Zero” continued the terrible Firday performance by FOX with a 1.7/3, just ahead of the repeat of “America’s Next Top Model’s” premiere, 1.6/3.

At 10 p.m., “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” wrapped up the NBC victory with 9.6/17, distancing itself from CBS, second with a repeat of “CSI” at 6.2/11.

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