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As Curtain Comes Down, 'NYPD Blue's' Viewership Goes Up

By Lisa de Moraes
Thursday, March 3, 2005; Page C07

"NYPD Blue" wrapped its 12-season run Tuesday night with its biggest audience in more than three years. More than 16 million viewers caught the swan song on the penultimate night of the February ratings sweeps.

"Blue" won the 10 p.m. time slot among viewers of all ages and the 18-to-49-year-old demographic group ABC targets -- something the show hasn't done since Jan. 14, 2003.

ABC drew an audience of more than 16 million as its "NYPD Blue," with Dennis Franz as detective Andy Sipowicz, headed off into the sunset. (Danny Feld -- ABC via AP)

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In its final hour, "NYPD Blue" outpaced its season average by more than 6 million viewers and by nearly 60 percent in the younger age bracket.

It faced pretty stiff competition on its last night. CBS debuted "Amazing Race 7," in which it has cast America's Most Cloyingly Goopy Reality Series Sweethearts, Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich. They previously appeared on different editions of CBS's other reality series, "Survivor," and fell in love and won $1 million on "Survivor: All-Stars."

NBC ran an original episode of "Law & Order: SVU" in which Matthew Modine plays a child rapist and killer.

Will Martha Stewart become the first person to accept an Emmy award while under house arrest?

Stewart has been nominated as best service-show host for the syndicated series "Martha Stewart Living," which is also nominated for best service show. Stewart is listed as one of the executive producers.

Stewart will be released from prison at the end of this week and begin five months under house arrest. She can ask federal probation officers for permission to attend the awards ceremony, scheduled for May 20 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the Associated Press reports.

The TV academy announced the Daytime Emmy nominations yesterday. ABC's "All My Children" led the pack with 18 nods, though there is a shocking lack of "Children" thespians in the best soap actress derby.

"General Hospital," "Guiding Light" and "Sesame Street" followed with 13 nominations each.

Among daytime talkers, "The View" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" are neck-and-neck with 11 apiece.

The 18 "Children" nominations contributed to Disney ABC Television Group's haul of 79, which included 53 for ABC (the most of any network); nine for the Disney Channel, the most nominated cable network; five for the company's Soap Net; and 12 for its syndication division, Buena Vista, which distributes such shows as "Live With Regis & Kelly" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

Viacom clocked 80 noms, including 47 for CBS, seven for Nickelodeon, six for Showtime, one for TV Land and 19 for the syndication division King World, which distributes "Oprah" and "Jeopardy!"

Mark Geragos, the celebrity lawyer best known for defending Winona Ryder and Scott Peterson, has been signed to star in a prime-time courtroom reality series that's being shopped around to broadcast and cable networks.

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