Six Feet Comes In Under Last Year


The third-season premiere of Six Feet Under came up short when gauged
against its season-two opener.

The funereal family drama dug up a 10.6 rating/15 share within Home Box
Office's universe March 2, according to Nielsen Media Research data. That
translated into 3.7 million households and some 5.1 million viewers.

The numbers fell short of the 12.1 rating/17 share the quirky series
unearthed when it began its second season last March. All told, that outing --
buoyed by a bonus episode of Sex and the City as a lead-in -- attracted
4.2 million households and 6.2 million viewers.

During its second season, Six Feet Under, which scored a 10.7 rating
for its finale last year, averaged an 11 rating/15 share in HBO homes, with some
3.9 million households and 5.7 million viewers tuning in on average for its 13
premiere installments.