Declining ‘Lost’ lifts ABC

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

ABC has captured the third Wednesday of the television season in key demos behind “Lost” and “Dancing With the Stars,” although the drama declined about 25% from its year-ago season premiere. “The Nine” opened with solid numbers at 10 for ABC, but was beaten by CBS’ “CSI: NY.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Lost” (7.5 rating/19 share in adults 18-49, 18.5 million viewers overall) led the 9 o’clock hour in all key categories despite the year-to-year erosion. Show opened on par with its season finale averages of last May.

“Lost” led into hostage-aftermath drama “The Nine” (4.6/13 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall), which placed second to “CSI: NY” (4.9/13 in 18-49, 15.6 million viewers overall) and retained about 60% of its “Lost” lead-in. NBC’s “Kidnapped” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) was a distant third.

CBS held up well, with “Jericho” (3.4/10 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) down slightly up against the highest-rated “Dancing With the Stars” results show of the season (4.4/13 in 18-49, 17.3 million viewers overall). Also for the Eye, “Criminal Minds” (4.1/10 in 18-49, 15.1 million viewers overall) was a sturdy No. 2 to “Lost” at 9.

Fox was paced by a special “House” repeat at 9 (3.3/8 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall), NBC by “The Biggest Loser” (2.9/7 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall). The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) was up week to week and led the night’shour in adults 18-34 (3.3/11).

reliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.5/15; CBS, 4.1/11; Fox, 3.0/8; NBC, 2.2/6; CW, 2.1/6.

In total viewers: ABC, 15.9 million; CBS, 13.8 million; Fox, 8.4 million; NBC, 5.7 million; CW, 4.3 million.

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