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‘Daisies,’ ABC Hit Wednesday Lows

November 20, 2008 1:11 PM

“Pushing Daisies” continues to tread in cancellation territory as the show, along with the rest of ABC’s Wednesday night lineup, hit series ratings lows, while “America’s Next Top Model” crowned its champion to a yearly high.

Pushing Daisies

“Daisies” pulled in a 1.7 rating/5 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data. The show declined 26% from its airing three weeks ago, in which it partially ran against Barack Obama’s half-hour campaign commercial on Fox, CBS and NBC.

“Private Practice” (2.4/6) dipped 23% from its last airing two weeks ago, while “Dirty Sexy Money” (1.7/5) dropped by 15%.

ABC placed third with a 2.0/5.

Not to add insult to injury, “Daisies” fans, NBC’s “Knight Rider” (1.5/4) was on par with its last airing and was beaten in the ratings by “Daisies” for the first time in the time period.

You remember “Rider,” right? That show that was given a full-season order almost a month ago while your show languishes in limbo? Ah, good times.

“Life” (1.7/4) declined one-tenth of a ratings point week-to-week, while “Law & Order” (2.1/6) posted its lowest Wednesday showing. NBC placed fourth with a 1.8/5.

The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” ended its 11th cycle to a 2.3/6, as well as a 4.3/13 in the network’s key demographic of women 18-34.

This was the best showing of “Model” in women 18-34 since cycle nine’s finale in December 2007.

“Stylista” (1.0/3) enjoyed a bump as well, hitting its highest numbers since its premiere, drawing in a 1.7/5 in women 18-34. The CW took fifth in adults 18-49 with a 1.7/4.

First-place CBS, with a 3.5/10 rating and 12.8 million viewership, lifted considerably over last week. “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2.5/7, 8.1 million) bounced up 25% in adults 18-49. “Gary Unmarried” (2.7/7, 8.1 milllion) achieved its best performance to date. “Criminal Minds” (4.3/11, 16.4 million) and “CSI: NY” (3.8/10, 14 million) also improved week-to-week by 13% and 27%, respectively.

Fox took second with a 2.6/7, as “Bones” (3.1/9) dipped 11% from its season high last week.

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