ABC Wednesday rock solid

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kisell

ABC’s “Lost”-powered Wednesday lineup posted more winning numbers this week, with the hit sophomore drama dominating its hour and newcomers “Invasion” and “Freddie” also contributing.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Lost” (8.9 rating/21 share in adults 18-49, 20.7 million viewers overall) was easily the night’s top-rated show, and rookie drama “Invasion” (4.8/12 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall) followed at 10 by challenging for the hour’s 18-49 lead and winning in 18-34. ABC also was again the top-rated non-sports choice in Wednesday’s opening hour with comedies “George Lopez” (3/9 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) and “Freddie” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall).

Reliable prelims weren’t available for Fox’s coverage of Game 6 of baseball’s National League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals, but Houston’s 5-1 series-clinching victory averaged an 11 household rating/17 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights. This is the highest rating of the postseason for Fox, although the net’s final LCS averages will come in well below last year, when both series were stretched to seven games, including the mega-rated finale of the Red Sox-Yankees series.

Fox is expected to place second for the night.

CBS ran third, paced by “CSI: NY” (4.6/12 in 18-49, 13.7 million viewers overall) and “Criminal Minds” (3.8/9 in 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall). NBC was up week-to-week at 8 with “E-Ring” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) and at 10 with “Law & Order” (4.1/10 in 18-49, 12 million viewers overall), even though the latter figures to rank fourth in 18-49 when national ratings are released.

Prelim 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.7/14; Fox, 4.1/10; CBS, 3.6/9; NBC, 3.2/8; UPN, 2/5; WB, 1.3/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 13.5 million; Fox, 12.4 million; CBS, 11.2 million; NBC, 9.4 million; UPN, 4.2 million; WB, 2.8 million.

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