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ABC Wins Wednesday as ‘Practice’ Grows

October 11, 2007 10:59 AM

Private PractiveThird-week growing pains continued as most freshman shows settled deeper into their time periods and a few posted promising gains.

ABC won the night led by “Private Practice,” which grew 7 percent in its time period to a 4.8 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49. “Practice” was the highest-rated show of the evening and is one of a scant few freshman series to exhibit third-week growth (expect ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson to order a full season pickup in five, four, three…).

The second week of “Pushing Daisies” dropped 16 percent in the preliminary ratings in adults 18 to 49 to a 3.6. Given last week’s strong premiere rating and critics’ concerns that the quirky drama would alienate mainstream audiences, the modest second-week drop makes “Daisies” a fairly good-news story for the network. At 10 p.m., “Dirty Sexy Money” dropped a notch to a 3.4.

CBS’ lineup took a hit in the 8 p.m. hour as “Kid Nation” fell yet again to a 2.0, down 17 percent. At this point, the only thing controversial about the show is its dropping Nielsens. But “Criminal Minds” held steady at 9 p.m. with a 3.8 and “CSI: NY” improved a tick to a 4.0.

NBC was a close runner-up for third place, with “Deal or No Deal” growing to a 3.1, followed by a still-sinking “Bionic Woman,” down 7 percent to a 3.8, tying with “Criminal Minds.” “Life” also slipped a couple of notches, down about 7 percent to a 2.8.

Fox came in fourth, with “Back to You” and “Til Death” slipping slightly to a 2.2 and 2.4, respectively. At 9 p.m., “Kitchen Nightmares” joined the gainers, growing for the second week in a row, up a tenth to a 3.0.

On The CW, “America’s Next Top Model” bounced back up to match its premiere 2.5 rating. The full-season order of “Gossip Girl” shouldn’t cause any second-guessing at the network this morning, with the show gaining a notch to a 1.3.


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Again: ZZZZZ. Bionic Woman was dull. Not interested in a peculiar SF/drama hybrid with only 4 1/2 minutes of action. Jaime bopped a guy unconscious by knocking his head on his steering wheel, and then fought with a quartet of bungling Serbian hit men -- and was so inept she needed the help of the psycho villainess to take care of them. I guess it's politically acceptable to beat up Serbians.

Again: Is this show Bionic Woman or Bionic Women? Are there supposed to be two leads -- nice Michelle Ryan and insane Katie Sackhoff?


Katie Sackhoff is only planned to be on the show for a limited time. imdb only has her listed for 3 episodes.

Pushing Daises continues to be top notch. Too bad during it ABC had to basically indirectly rip on it. The two paraphrases are basically "You want to know why ABC rules Wednesday night? It's because of "Private Practice" and "Dirty Sexy Money" and "The best shows on Wednesday start next." Yep. This ad was shown during "Pushing Daises." It's like ABC doesn't even know how to market it. You can't kill it if it wins it's time slot.


FYI: You can't go by IMDb to discern how long someone will be on a show. They generally only post episode credits of TV shows as they've aired, not for those in the future.

I bet the producers are disappointed, though, that the older, more troubled bionic woman (Sackhoff) is the more interesting character w/viewers.

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