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‘Lost’ looms large

ABC frosh hit grows; 'Wing' poll numbers up

More viewers found ABC’s hot drama “Lost” on the eve of the November sweep, while NBC got some encouraging returns for “The West Wing” one night after the presidential election.

“Lost” was easily the night’s No. 1 program, rolling in the 8 o’clock hour among adults 18-49 (6.7 rating/17 share) and overall audience (18.73 million) — adding 2 million viewers from last week for its largest turnout, according to Nielsen.

Survival skein now ranks No. 2 among new shows this season, trailing only the same net’s “Desperate Housewives.”

ABC also looked good at 10 with “Wife Swap” (4.7/13 in 18-49, 10.67m), which placed second to CBS’ “CSI: NY” (5.5/15, 14.71m) and for the first time moved into a tie with the crime drama in adults 18-34 (4.1/12).

At NBC, “West Wing” (4.3/10 in 18-49, 13.82m) won at 9 in both demos and total viewers, matching or hitting its best scores in about a year.

White House drama could have received a boost from the wave of interest in politics the day after the election, and may have benefited from a stronger (although still modest) lead-in from “LAX” (2.5/6, 8.01m), which was up nicely week-to-week.

Fox got off to a decent start with unscripted skein “Nanny 911” at 9 (3.8/9 in 18-49, 8.64m), which was about even with ABC’s “The Bachelor” (3.9/9, 9.00m). Dating show hit fall highs but again relinquished a big chunk of its “Lost” lead-in.

Still, ABC won the night in 18-49 (5.1/13) and total viewers (12.8 million).

CBS did well at 9 with “King of Queens” (slot-leading 4.3/10 in 18-49, 11.53m) but then fell off at 9:30 with week two of “Center of the Universe” (3.6/9 in 18-49, 9.53m).

At the netlets, UPN’s “America’s Next Top Model” hit season highs at 8 (2.6/7 in 18-49, 5.67m), but “Kevin Hill” dipped a bit at 9 (1.6/4, 3.54m). The WB’s “Jack & Bobby” (1.0/2, 2.34m) was weak following “Smallville” (2.5/4, 5.02m).

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