‘CSI: NY’ routs rookie rival

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

CBS vet “CSI: NY” achieved its best numbers in nearly a year Wednesday, trouncing ABC’s “The Nine,” which tumbled in its second outing. NBC, meanwhile, got credible numbers for the premiere of Tiny Fey laffer “30 Rock.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, hostage-aftermath drama “The Nine” settled for a 3.2 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 8.4 million viewers overall), declining 30% from its nothing-special premiere scores of last week. When nationals come in, the show’s expected to place fourth among adults 18-49 in its 10:30 half-hour. “CSI: NY” ruled the slot (5.9/16 in 18-49, 17.7 million viewers overall) with its best delivery since a crossover episode with “CSI: Miami” last November, while NBC improved its standing by yanking drama “Kidnapped” for newsmag “Dateline” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall).

ABC opened the night strong with “Dancing With the Stars” (4.6/13 in 18-49, 18.1 million viewers overall), which dominated in 18-49 opposite NBC’s comedy-block premieres of “30 Rock” (2.9/9 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) and “20 Good Years” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall). While the numbers for the latter were nothing special, “30 Rock’s” bow isn’t bad and reps the net’s best showing in the time period since mid-May.

CBS’ “Jericho” continues to put up solid numbers (3.2/9 in 18-49, 10.9 “Lost” (6.7/17 in 18-49, 16.6 million viewers overall), as does the CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall), which hit season highs and led its hour among adults 18-34 (3.4/11).

In the 9 o’clock hour, “Lost” (6.7/17 in 18-49, 16.6 million viewers overall) won in all key demos despite a 12% falloff from its premiere. CBS drama “Criminal Minds” continued to close the demo gap (4.4/11 in 18-49, 16.5 million viewers overall) and finished in a virtual tie with the ABC drama in total viewers. NBC was a distant third with “Biggest Loser” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall).

Fox’s baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics should come in with close to a 3 rating in adults 18-49, about on par with third-place NBC.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.8/13; CBS, 4.5/12; NBC, 2.9/8; Fox, 2.6/7; CW, 2.1/6.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.0 million; ABC, 14.4 million; NBC, 2.9/8; Fox, 2.6/7; CW, 2.1/6.

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