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“Women’s Murder Club” draws a crowd in its Friday bow

Womensmurder“Women’s Murder Club” drew a crowd for ABC in its Friday premiere. Gumshoe drama starring Angie Harmon, Paula Newsome, Laura Harris and Aubrey Dollar (pictured left) opened to a strong (by Friday night standards) 10.8 million viewers and 2.5 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demo in the 9 p.m. hour, per prelim Nielsens.

“Murder Club” didn’t get much help from its 8 p.m. lead-in, newsmag “20/20” (5.6 million, 1.6/6) and it appeared to out-perform Fox’s coverage of the American League Championship series (reliable national ratings figs for the live sports telecast won’t be available until Monday.) It also picked up about 350,000 viewers at the half-hour mark.

CBS’ vampire-detective skein “Moonlight” (7.3 million, 2.0/6) felt the competition from ABC’s lady sleuths as it dropped by nearly 2 million viewers in its third outing. The debut of “Murder Club” and the baseball post-season action also put a dent in the turnout for NBC’s “Friday Fnlbadideas Night Lights” (5.4 million, 1.7/5) which dropped from last week’s solid sophomore season preem. (“FNL’s” Zach Gilford pictured right)

The momentum from “Murder Club” didn’t help ABC’s sophomore drama “Men in Trees” (7.05 million, 1.9/6), which slipped to third place at 10 p.m. behind CBS’ “Numbers” (9.1 million, 2.5/8) and NBC’s “Las Vegas” (7.13 million, 2.1/6).

–Cynthia Littleton