Sopranos Survive Emmy Hit


The Sopranos
took a hit, but it didn't get whacked by the Emmy Awards
Sunday night.

The second installment of the fourth season of Home Box Office's mob dramedy
pulled a 21.1 rating/28 share in the premium network's universe Sept. 22,
according to Nielsen Media Research data. The show attracted 7.2 million
households and 11.2 million viewers.

Squaring up against NBC's presentation of the Emmys, ratings were off 9
percent from The Sopranos' season-opener Sept. 15, which garnered a
23.3/31 share in HBO homes. With 7.9 million households and 13.4 million
viewers, that installment was the most-watched program in HBO history.

By way of comparison, the Sept. 22 show held up much better than its
counterpart during the third Sopranos season. The second premiere
installment produced a 16.7 rating, versus a 20.6 average for the twin episodes
that opened the third season.