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Fall off to a slow start

Back to YouWednesday’s newcomers got off to fair-to-middling starts, per the prelim Nielsens. (Click here for a full rundown of the night by Variety ratings guru and Season Pass contributor Rick Kissell.)

Fox’s “Back to You” won its 8 p.m. timeslot in adults 18-49, but didn’t have the kind of opening night drawing power you’d expect for the combo of Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton. Sitcom averaged 3.1/10 ratings share in the key demo and 9.5 million viewers overall.

For all the advance hoopla, CBS’ “Kid Nation” didn’t do a whole lot of business for the Eye in its 8 p.m. debut, pulling in about 9 million viewers and 3.0/9 ratings share in adults 18-49.

Gordon Ramsay’s numbers also cooled off after his hot summer in “Hell’s Kitchen.” Chef’s new show “Kitchen Nightmares” followed Fox’s sitcom block at 9 p.m. with 6.6 million viewers and 3.1/8 in the demo.

CW had something to talk about with the 9 p.m. bow of “Gossip Girl.” Show wasn’t so hot in overall viewers, drawing about 3.7 million, but scored in its target demos of women 18-34 (3.2/9) and femme teens (5.3/17).

–Cynthia Littleton

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