CBS Wins Night Despite Big Ratings for ABC Drama ‘Lost’

Oct 7, 2004  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s new mystery plane crash drama “Lost” was the highest-rated program Wednesday night in total viewers and the adults 18 to 49 demographic, but CBS took the night among viewers and in the demo thanks to its “CSI” franchise.

At 8 p.m. (ET) “Lost” scored a 6.2 rating and 17 share and brought in 16.56 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research preliminary national ratings. That edged out the night’s second-place show, “CSI: NY,” which scored a 6.0/16 in the demo and 16.46 million viewers.

At 9 p.m. CBS won the time period thanks to a repeat “CSI: Miami,” which earned a 4.6/12 in adults 18 to 49 and 13.81 million viewers. That overshadowed a new episode of ABC’s reality dating show “The Bachelor” (3.8/10, 9.32 million) and a repeat of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” (3.5/9, 10.14 million).

On Fox, all four of its comedies increased in the demo from last week, with “That ’70s Show” at 8 p.m. up 18 percent (2.8/8 versus 3.3/9). At 8:30 p.m., “Quintuplets” (2.8/7) grew 17 percent from last week (2.4/6). Repeats of “Bernie Mac” at 9 p.m. (2.9/8) and 9:30 p.m. (2.8/7) were up 16 percent (2.5/7) and 27 percent (2.2/5), respectively. Final Nielsen numbers for the night may drop thanks to a baseball pre-emption in New York.

The WB’s “Smallville” was down 15 percent for the week in adults 18 to 49 (2.6/7 versus 2.2/6) and down 13 percent in persons 12 to 34 (3.1/10 versus 2.7/8). At 9 p.m. “The Mountain” was down 31 percent in adults 18 to 49, dropping to a 0.9/3 from last week’s 1.3/3.

UPN saw week-to-week increases in the demo for both “America’s Next Top Model” (2.1/6 versus 2.4/7) and “Kevin Hill” (1.7/4 versus 2.0/5), but like Fox may have inflated ratings due to baseball pre-emption.

CBS won the night in adults 18 to 49 with a 5.6/14, followed by ABC (5.2/13), NBC (4.0/10), Fox (2.5/6), The WB (2.1/6) and UPN (1.4/4).

CBS also won the night in viewers, with 16.02 million, followed by ABC (12.56 million), NBC (10.02 million), The WB (6.03 million), Fox (5.74 million) and UPN (3.74 million).