My Wife and kids 10.4/17
That 70's Show 6.0/10
Everybody Loves Raymond 6.7/11
7 Days 3.0/5
Dawson's Creek 2.4/4
"You tried to take my bucks...
I line them up like ducks
Pull out my gat
...and I start to buck
Because I'm M.C. Murder Death
and I don't give a #@%$!
Behind the scenes:
"My Wife and Kids" was a mid-season replacement which was originally commisioned with the working title "Not The Cosby's" which was also the working title for the FOX sitcom "Maried With Children" which aired 11 seasons.
Promotion began for the Pilot episode during the 73rd Oscars on ABC which had over 800,000,000 viewers. To give the show more promotion the show was moved to the Wednesday time-slot behind Drew Carey's Apil Fool's episode. The Wednesday night slot was titled "Wednesday Night D-Day" which consisted of two new back to back episodes of "My Wife and KIds" followed by "Drew Carey" and then by another new ABC show starring Dennis Leary called "The Job". (D-Day ofcourse standing for Damon Wayans, Drew Carey, and Dennis Leary). Also Tisha Campbell guest spotted on Rosie O'Donnel and Live with Regis the floowing week to further promote the show and also with Damon Wayans appearing on "The View"...all ABC talk shows.
ABC handily won the first hour of the night with two episodes of the new Damon Wayons' comedy "My Wife and Kids," building on itself with a 10.4/17 and an 11.7/18 (last week, "The Drew Carey Show," 5.5/9, and "Spin City," 5.2/8). The fourth annual "What's Wrong With This Episode" edition of "The Drew Carey Show," took a 9.4/14 (7.8/12), followed at 9:30 p.m. by "The Job," 7.6/11 (7.1/11). "Once and Again" concluded the night at 10 p.m. with a 6.5/11 (5.8/10).
Tisha Campbell learned she was pregnant after initial casting and shooting...so the writers started writing story-lines to write a pregnancy into the series with Janet getting pregnant but ABC wanted to air the episodes in no particular order so the writers had to work around her pregnancy in the stories...hiding her belly.
Don Reo, who co-created "My Wife and Kids" with Damon Wayans is known for also co-creating the popular "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "M*A*S*H". He is a Peabody Award winner as well.
ABC offered a 1 million dollar signing bonus to Damon Wayans for signing onto "My Wife and Kids".
Guest starring: Marlene Forle as Roza Lopez.