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ABC’s Wednesday Dramas Struggle

October 9, 2008 9:39 AM

ABC’s sophomore dramas stumbled further Wednesday after premiering to disappointing ratings last week.

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All three shows declined week-to-week. “Private Practice” posted a 2.5 rating/6 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data, down 24% from last week. “Pushing Daisies” (1.9/6) dipped one-tenth of a ratings point, while “Dirty Sexy Money” dropped 17%.

ABC ended the night with a fourth-place 2.2/6 nightly average.

CBS captured the night mainly due to its crime dramas, as “Criminal Minds” (4.2/11) and “CSI: NY” (4.3/12) shifted upward by 8% and 5%, respectively, from last week. “Gary Unmarried” (2.3/6) and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2.1/7) each increased by one-tenth of a ratings point.

CBS finished first with a 3.6/10 in the 18-49 age group, and was top in total viewers with an audience of 13.1 million.

Fox’s “Bones” finished slightly ahead of last week with a 3.3/10, while “’Til Death” continued to struggle, with two episodes bringing in a 1.8/5 and a 1.4/4, right around even with last week.
Fox took second for the night with a 2.4/7.

NBC’s “Knight Rider” (2.2/6) decreased 8% from last week, while a special “The Biggest Loser” took in a 2.7/7 while filling the slot left vacant by “America’s Got Talent,” which finished its season.

“Lipstick Jungle” (1.9/5) ticked down by one tenth of a ratings point, as NBC placed a close third overall with a 2.3/6.

The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” essentially stayed flat from last week, scoring a 2.1/7 in the network’s key demographic of adults 18-34. A “90210” repeat rounded out the night. For the night, the CW averaged 1.3/4 in adults 18-49 and 1.6/5 in adults 18-34.

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