‘Lost’ up, ‘Nine’ down for ABC

Morning Ratings Flash -- Rick Kissell

ABC has captured another Wednesday in key demos behind its winning combo of “Dancing With the Stars” and “Lost,” but again disappointed at 10 with “The Nine.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Dancing With the Stars” (5.1 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, 19.9 million viewers overall) dominated in key demos at 8, as did “Lost” at 9 (6.9/17 in 18-49, 16.8 million viewers overall), with both showing gains vs. the prior week. That wasn’t the case at 10, though, where “The Nine” (3/8 in 18-49, 8 million viewers overall) is expected to come in with its lowest scores in four airings to date.

CBS ran second from 8 to 10 with the solid “Jericho” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall) and “Criminal Minds” (4.4/11 in 18-49, 16.6 million viewers overall), and then moved to the lead as usual at 10 with “CSI: NY” (5.4/14 in 18-49, 17.1 million viewers overall).

NBC’s opening-hour comedies “30 Rock” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6 million viewers overall) and “Twenty Good Years” (2/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) again struggled, although the latter at least held on to a greater percentage of its lead-in than it has in the prior two weeks. Net received season-high timeslot results from 9 to 11 with the combo of “Biggest Loser” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) and “Dateline” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall).

Fox, with its World Series game rained out, averaged a 2/5 in 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall with four special repeats of Sunday comedy “The War at Home.”

The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and “One Tree Hill” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) were both up week to week and placed second to ABC from 8 to 10 in adults 18-34 (2.7/8).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5/13; CBS, 4.3/11; NBC, 2.9/8; CW, 2.1/6; Fox, 2/5; Univision, 1.7/5.

In total viewers: ABC, 14.9 million; CBS, 14.7 million; NBC, 7.4 million; Fox, 5.5 million; CW, 4.5 million; Univision; 3.9 million.

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