‘Lost’ Premiere Wins Thursday
February 1, 2008 10:41 AM
The fourth-season premiere of ABC’s “Lost” led Thursday night, although it was down marginally from its previous season debut in October 2006.
“Lost” earned a 6.7 preliminary Nielsen rating among adults 18 to 49, down 13% from the season-three premiere.
ABC pointed out that it’s the show’s first original episode to air in eight months, the show premiered on a new night and time, and the rating was well above last season’s average.
Critics have been full of praise, with USA Today’s Robert Bianco saying the premiere was “a heart-stopping, perfectly pitched episode” and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Tim Goodman calling the first two episodes “roller coasters of fast action and revelation.”
The show was heavily advertised as a two-hour premiere, but the first hour was actually a backstory clip show (psych!) that earned the second-highest rating of the night (4.9).
The debut of ABC’s “Eli Stone” in the 10 p.m. slot won the hour (4.2), but was down slightly from the premiere of “Big Shots” in the time period earlier this season and lost 17% of its demo rating in the second half-hour.
Fox came in second, with “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” (3.1) and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” (3.3) continuing to perform above average now that “American Idol” is boosting Fox’s viewership levels.
NBC was third, with comedy repeats leading into a two-hour “Celebrity Apprentice” (3.2). The return of “Lost” helped knocked “The Apprentice” to its lowest Thursday night rating ever (excluding Thanksgiving).
CBS was fourth with repeats of “CSI: NY” (1.9), “CSI” (2.8) and “Without a Trace” (2.4).
In fifth place, The CW had its best “Smallville” rating in a couple of months (1.6), followed by “Supernatural” (1.3).