Well, as can be expected after all the delays and schedule shuffling, last night's 'Love Cruise' premiere did pretty terrible -- finishing 4th in the 9PM ratings race behind NBC's season premiere of 'Frasier,' CBS' series premiere of 'The Guardian,' and ABC's season premiere of 'Spin City.'

'Frasier' kicked off its season with an hour-long premiere, winning the hour with a 14.3/21 and taking the top numbers of any show on the night. It also rose from a 13.7/20 in the first half hour (7.2/11) to a 14.8/21 in the second (8.3/12).

CBS' new series "The Guardian" followed, taking a strong 10.4/15 for the hour (compared to the usual "Big Brother 2" 8.0/12 ratings in the timeslot), coming in second.

Michael J. Fox's appearance in the hour-long season premiere of 'Spin City' didn't seem to have much effect, as the series could only manage third place for the hour with a 9.1/13.

And in LAST PLACE, 'Love Cruise' kicked off with relatively low numbers, averaging a 5.7/8 (and with little hope of "building steam," given the compressed three-week timeframe into which the seven episode series has been crunched.) The show also ranked fourth among Adults 18-49 with a 3.7/9. One piece of good news for the show -- it did rise over the hour slightly, meaning viewers did stick with it... yay for small victories.

Source: Zap2It.com