Last night’s ratings

The good news is that the WB beat UPN and finished fifth in the nightly ratings race. The not so good news is that, as always, Roswell finished sixth in its hour. But reports are that the demographics continue to be strong, so that’s good.

Strategic “Millionaire” Puts ABC In Front
Thu, Feb 3, 2000 07:27 AM PST

LOS ANGELES ( – Overnight Metered Market Ratings for Wednesday, February 2, 2000.

Call it the quarterback sneak. But ABC’s strategic placement of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” pitted squarely against NBC’s “Twenty One” proved to be a smart ratings move, as the alphabet net deftly took first place honors in Wednesday’s (February 2) overnight-metered markets, averaging a 12.0 rating/18 share (8.2/12). NBC placed second with a 9.1/14 (12.3/18) thanks to high scores from “Law & Order.” CBS placed third with a 7.7/11 (9.2/14), getting a boost from its Wednesday movie, “In the Name of the People.” FOX pulled up in fourth place with a 5.7/8 (5.4/8), thanks to “On Thin Ice.” WB wasn’t far behind that in fifth place with a 4.1/6 (3.9/6). Meanwhile UPN pulled in last with a 3.5/5 (4.0/6)

ABC led off the night with the seemingly unstoppable “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” taking an 18.4/28, and the highest numbers of the evening (last week, “Two Guys and A Girl,” 7.8/12; “Norm” 6.9/10). It was followed by “The Drew Carey Show” at 9 p.m., which kept the momentum going, grabbing a solid 13.5/20 (9.6/14). At 9:30, “Spin City” nabbed an 11.3/17 (8.8/13). And rounding out the evening, an ABC News Special averaged a 5.3/9. (last week, “20/20,” 8.2/13).

NBC started off the night with “Twenty One,” which saw a considerable drop off from last week in the face of its “Millionaire” competition, only earning a 6.5/10 (11.2/17). A repeat “The West Wing” at 9 p.m. brought in an 8.6/13 (11.2/16). The political drama was followed by the high scoring “Law & Order,” which aired an encore episode but still raked in a 12.2/20 (14.6/23) for the peacock’s highest ratings of the night.

CBS led off Wednesday with “City of Angels,” sliding a bit from last week to a 5.6/9 (6.9/10). At 9 p.m., the CBS Wednesday night movie, “In the Name of the People” averaged a 7.8/12, peaking at 10:30 with an 8.1/13. (last week the CBS Wednesday Movie, “Stolen Hearts” averaged an 8.0/12).

FOX started the night with a special about the dark side of figure skating, “On Thin Ice,” taking a chilly 5.5/8 at 8 p.m. (last week, “Beverly Hills, 90210,” 6.9/10). It was followed by “Get Real,” which logged a 4.3/6 (4.5/7) at 9 p.m.

“Dawson’s Creek” began the night for The WB with a 4.5/7 (4.1/6). It was followed by the teen alien drama “Roswell,” which garnered a 3.7/6 (3.7/5).

UPN filled the primetime hours with an encore “7 Days,” pulling in a 2.6/4 (3.0/5). “Star Trek Voyager” followed at 9 p.m., capturing a 4.3/6 (4.9/7).