NBC Gets Rare Ratings Win

“Dateline” beat out the Daytme Emmys and the Muppets Friday night to help boost NBC to a ratings win.

NBC averaged a 6.7 rating/12 share in primetime to win by a fair margin over CBS, 5.4/10. ABC took third at 4.7/9, while FOX finished fourth with a 2.7/5. The WB, 2.3/4, topped UPN, 2.1/4, for fifth.

The first half of a two-hour “Dateline,” 5.9/12, put NBC in the lead at 8 p.m. CBS took second with a prime-time “Dr. Phil” special, 5.2/10. ABC’s movie “The Muppets Wizard of Oz” finished third, while FOX got a paltry 2.6/5 from its showing of “Shallow Hal.” The season finale of “What I Like About You” and a “Reba” rerun managed a 2.0/4 for The WB, just ahead of “America’s Next Top Model” on UPN.

“Dateline” moved up to 7.9/14 at 9 p.m., keeping NBC in front. The Daytime Emmys scored a 5.4/9 for CBS. ABC’s movie kept third with a 4.5/8, and FOX remained in fourth with its movie. The season finale of “Reba,” 2.8/5, and another rerun of the show, 2.5/4, took fifth for The WB. UPN went with another hour of “Top Model.”

At 10 p.m., “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” finished NBC’s victory with a 6.4/11. The Daytime Emmys scored a 5.7/10 for CBS, and ABC’s “20/20” came in third at 5.1/9.

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