Wednesday premieres: “Bionic Woman,” “Private Practice” score

BionicwomanWednesday was ladies’ night in primetime. NBC’s “Bionic Woman” and ABC’s “Private Practice” opened against each other at 9 p.m. with impressive numbers.

The 10 p.m. newcomers, ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money” and NBC’s “Life,” fell into the so-so category, given their strong lead-ins and the fact that CBS’ “CSI: NY” didn’t have much pull in the 18-49 column.

Fox’s “Back to You” took a tumble in week two. So did CW’s “Gossip Girl” (not surprisingly against the “Bionic”-“Practice” duel), CBS’ “Kid Nation” and Fox’s “Kitchen Nightmares.”

“Bionic” (pictured above) ranks as the top premiere of the new season so far in adults 18-49 with an average of 13.6 million viewers and 5.5 rating/14 share in adults 18-49. “Bionic” showed its superstrength by building significantly on its 8 p.m. “Deal or No Deal” lead-in (8.9 million 2.6/8) and by growing at the half-hour mark (it climbed from 5.3/14 from 9-9:30 to 5.7/14 from 9:30-10).Privatepractice

“Private Practice” (star Kate Walsh pictured right) won the 9 p.m. hour in viewers, drawing 14.2 million and 5.1/13. “Practice” got a boost in viewers from its 8 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” results show lead-in (16.6 million, 4.0/12), but it demonstrated clear tune-in interest by spiking in the 18-49 column even against the heat of “Bionic.” “Practice” held fast in the demo column at the half-hour mark but lost about 800,000 viewers in its second half.

At 10 p.m., “Dirty Sexy” weighed in with 10.4 million viewers and 3.6/10 in 18-49. “Life” opened to 10.1 million and 4.1/11, good enough to win the hour in adults 18-49 against the fourth season preem of CBS’ “CSI: NY” (12.7 million, 3.7/10).

For a full rundown of the night, see Rick Kissell’s ratings flash.

–Cynthia Littleton

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