'All American Girl' Debut Fizzles on ABC
Fri Mar 14, 3:49 AM ET
By Michael Schneider
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - "All American Girl" was an all-American disappointment for ABC, debuting to season lows in its special two-hour time slot Wednesday night.
Fox, meanwhile, won the night among total viewers and the key demographic of adults aged 18 to 49, thanks to the evening's other patriotically titled reality series, "American Idol."
The premiere of "All American Girl" posted a 3.0 rating and 8 share among adults 18-49, far below what time-slot predecessors "The Bachelorette," "Celebrity Mole" and even "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here" were doing on recent Wednesdays.
ABC's one glimmer of hope came at 8:30, when -- despite sandwiched between a repeat "My Wife and Kids" and "All American Girl" --the network's family comedy "George Lopez" posted a solid 4.1/11 with adults 18-49. That's consistent with last week, even though "Lopez" then aired behind an original "Wife and Kids."
For the night, ABC averaged a 3.3/9 among adults 18-49 -- its lowest-rated Wednesday with regular programming this season. Fox was tops with 6.1/16, followed by NBC (4.4/12) and CBS (3.7/10). WB posted a 1.6/4, and UPN came in with 0.9/2.
The total viewers race was tighter, with Fox (12.7 million viewers) squeaking by CBS (12.3 million) and NBC (12.2 million). ABC averaged 8.1 million viewers, followed by WB (3.0 million) and UPN (2.1 million).
"American Idol" was the night's top-rated show, posting an 8.7/23 in the key young-adult demographic.