Fox's 'Band' Strikes Out

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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The two-hour premiere of "The Next Great American Band" debuted in fourth place Friday night, becoming the second Fox musical reality series (after "Nashville") to struggle in the time period this season.

"Band" opened to a preliminary 1.5 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen, about on par with Fox's previous efforts "Nanny 911" and "Trading Spouses" in the slot. Like "Nashville," network expectations were never all that high for the show (which anybody could have figured given its time period).

That left CBS to once again win the night, with "Ghost Whisperer" (down slightly to a 2.4), "Moonlight" (sagging in the lineup, though it was up a tick from last week to a 2.1) and "Numb3rs" (building on last week to a 2.7).

NBC came in third with "Deal or No Deal" (2.0), "Friday Night Lights" (up two ticks to a 1.9) and "Las Vegas" (2.1).

Fourth-place ABC had "20/20" (1.7), "Women's Murder Club" (2.0, down 20 percent from its premiere) and "Men in Trees" (1.7, down 10 percent from its premiere). ABC may be struggling on Fridays, but with "Murder" providing a tentpole for an otherwise difficult night, the network has been considering giving the show a shot earlier in the week.

The CW had "Friday Night Smackdown" (1.4).
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