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CBS Draws Big 'Numb3rs' after AFC Title Game
January 25, 2005
CBS's latest crime-solving drama, "Numb3rs," lived up to its name in its debut.
Aided in no small part by a big lead-in from the network's coverage of the AFC championship game Sunday (Jan. 23), "Numb3rs" attracted one of the biggest audiences for a series premiere this season: about 20.9 million viewers.
CBS opted to air the "Numb3rs" premiere immediately after the game across the country rather than delaying it in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, as is usually done. The total-viewer number is a preliminary Nielsen estimate; it's likely to go up some when final ratings are released Tuesday.
"Numb3rs," which stars David Krumholtz as a mathematician who uses his expertise to help his FBI-agent brother (Rob Morrow) crack cases, moves to its regular time period at 10 p.m. ET Friday, where it won't have the benefit of such a huge lead-in.
The AFC title game, which saw the New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and advance to their second straight Super Bowl, averaged around 40 million viewers, according to early Nielsen numbers.

Even in the face of such stiff competition, ABC's strong Sunday lineup managed to deliver big ratings. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (18.2 million viewers), "Desperate Housewives" (25.9 million) and "Boston Legal" (15.8 million) all came in well above their season averages.

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