ABC, CBS snug on Wednesday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

The battle for Wednesday supremacy got even tighter this week as CBS’ drama lineup of “Jericho,” “Criminal Minds” and “CSI: NY” nearly caught ABC among young adults while moving ahead in total viewers. It was a weak start, meanwhile, for Fox quizzer “The Rich List.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, ABC remained in control in key demos from 8 to 10 with “Dancing With the Stars” (4.9/13 in 18-49, 19.2 million viewers overall) and “Lost” (6.6/16 in 18-49, 16.1 million viewers overall) but then tumbled to third place at 10 with “The Nine” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall). This was the weakest perf in five tries to date for “The Nine.”

At CBS, “Jericho” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall) was again a solid runner-up in the opening hour, and soph drama “Criminal Minds” (4.9/12 in 18-49, 16.7 million viewers overall) matched or approached series highs in key categories, moving ahead of “Lost” in total viewers for the first time. The Eye then dominated at 10 with “CSI: NY” (5.3/15 in 18-49, 16.5 million viewers overall).

NBC ran an embarrassing sixth place in adults 18-49 (behind CW and Univision) during the opening hour with half-hours “30 Rock” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) and “Twenty Good Years” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) before picking up some with “Biggest Loser” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) and ”

And Fox’s “The Rich List” opened to cancel-me-now numbers (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) in the 9 o’clock hour after the net ran third in the opening hour with “Bones” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.7/13; CBS, 4.4/12; NBC, 2.6/7; Fox, 2.1/5; CW, 1.6/4; Univision, 1.7/5.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.4 million; ABC, 14.0 million; NBC, 6.5 million; Fox, 5.8 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 3.5 million.

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