‘Lopez’ return lifts ABC

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC dominated primetime among young adults again on Wednesday, with “Lost” rolling as usual and the season premiere of “George Lopez” looking good in the night’s opening hour.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Lost” (9 rating/22 share in adults 18-49, 22 million viewers overall) was the night’s top program, down a bit from its big first two weeks of the season. Net also welcomed back laffer “George Lopez” to Wednesday, where his special one-hour premiere led in key categories during the 8 o’clock hour (3.6/10 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall).

ABC’s “Invasion” (4.7/12 in 18-49, 12 million viewers overall) narrowly won in 18-49 for the 10 o’clock hour over CBS’ “CSI: NY” (4.5/12 in 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall), although the Eye skein won in the demo at 10:30 and led the hour overall in both adults 25-54 and total viewers. NBC’s “Law & Order” (3.9/10 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall) placed third, having inherited the weakest lead-in among the dramas.

Also at CBS, “Criminal Minds” again placed second to “Lost” at 9 (3.2/8 in 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall), but opening-hour laffers “Still Standing” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) and “Yes, Dear” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) both declined more than 20% week-to-week.

NBC’s sked switch of newbies “E-Ring” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) and “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) paid off, with both up in the 15% range week-to-week. “Martha” remained fourth at 9, while “E-Ring” moved up to third in 18-49 and second in total viewers.

Fox ran fourth with its combo of “So You Think You Can Dance” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 8 million viewers overall) and “Nanny 911” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.8/15; CBS, 3.3/9; NBC, 3.0/8; Fox, 2.8/8; UPN, 1.7/5; WB, 1.6/4.

In total viewers: ABC, 14.5 million; CBS, 11 million; NBC, 9 million; Fox, 7.7 million; UPN, 3.9 million; WB, 3.5 million.

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