Return of hit show helps ABC win night

ABC captured Thursday night in convincing fashion thanks to the return of “Lost” and a solid bow for new drama “Eli Stone.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Lost” averaged a 6.7 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and 16.1 million viewers overall, more than doubling its closest competitor among young adults. Though this is down 13% from its most recent season premiere in September 2006, it’s worth noting that Nielsen’s DVR sample at that time was about 10% while it currently tops 22%; this means that this time around, roughly 12% more of the country had the capacity to record the show for playback days later.

“Lost” outdelivered its most recent season finale last May and logged its best ratings for any episode since its fall finale in November 2006. A clip show kicking off the night for ABC won its timeslot with a 4.9/13 in 18-49 and 13.1 million viewers overall — the best results in the time period for the Alphabet net since the series premiere of “Ugly Betty” in September 2006.

At 10 o’clock, “Eli Stone” (4.2/11 in 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall) retained a little over 60% of its “Lost” lead-in rating, winning the hour over NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall for the hour and 3.2/9 in 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers for its entire two hours) and CBS’ repeat of “Without a Trace (2.4/7 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall).

Fox ran second on the night thanks to pretty good scores for unscripted series “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall) and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.3/14; Fox, 3.2/8; NBC, 2.8/7; CBS, 2.4/6; CW, 1.4/4.

In total viewers: ABC, 13.6 million; CBS, 10.4 million; Fox, 10.3 million; NBC, 6.8 million; CW, 3.4 million.

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