ABC Wednesday numbers fall

ABC had another tough outing with its Wednesday slate, with “Pushing Daisies,” “Private Practice” and “Dirty Sexy Money” dipping from last week’s lackluster preem numbers.

CBS remained sluggish in the 8-9 p.m. hour with “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and frosh “Gary Unmarried,” although numbers for both laffers inched up from the previous week. NBC’s “Knight Rider” eased a bit from last week in total viewers. Fox’s “Bones,” on the other hand, picked up a little steam and CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” was essentially unchanged from the previous week.

CBS’ fortunes picked up considerably from 9-11 p.m. with “Criminal Minds” and “CSI: NY,” giving the Eye the win for the night in adults 18-49 (3.6 rating/10 share) and total viewers (13.2 million) by a comfortable margin, according to final Nielsens.

“Pushing Daisies” opened the night for ABC with 5.6 million viewers and 2.0/6 in 18-49. “Daisies” wasn’t off all that much from the previous week (6.3 mil, 2.0/6), but at 9 p.m., “Private Practice” (7.4 mil, 2.6/7) dropped 21% in the demo from its preem. At 10 p.m., “Dirty Sexy Money” (5.9 mil, 2.0/5) was down 17% in the demo.

CBS’ 10 p.m. anchor “CSI: NY” (15.9 mil, 4.3/12) was up by more than 1 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” (16.2 mil, 4.3/11) was up even more and ranked as the most-watched program of the night. “Old Christine” (7.5 mil, 2.2/7) and “Gary Unmarried” (7.4 mil, 2.4/6) both grew by about 500,000 viewers and two-tenths of a point in 18-49 from the previous week.

Peacock’s “Knight Rider” (6.9 mil, 2.2/6) lost nearly 1 million viewers week to week. NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” (6.6 mil, 2.7/7) and “Lipstick Jungle” (4.8 mil, 1.9/5) couldn’t achieve any traction against CBS’ dramas.

Fox had a good start with “Bones” (10.6 mil, 3.4/10), which upticked 6% in 18-49 from last week, but the net fell off a cliff from 9-10 p.m. with a double dose of ” ‘Til Death” (4.2 mil, 1.5/3). Even so, “Bones” was strong enough to keep Fox No. 2 for the night in viewers (7.4 mil) and 18-49 (2.5/7).

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