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ABC Wins First Week of 2005-06 Season in Demo

Sep 27, 2005  •  Post A Comment

For the first time in a decade, ABC won the opening week of a season in the adults 18 to 49 demographic, with help from the top-rated series in the demo, Sunday night’s “Desperate Housewives.” But CBS still maintained the No. 1 position in total viewers.

In the week ended Sept. 25, the season premiere of “Housewives” scored a 12.3 in adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research. The sophomore season debut of Wednesday’s “Lost” on ABC and CBS’s Thursday procedural “CSI” tied for second with a 10.2. ABC went on to capture the rest of the top five in the demo, with Sunday’s “Grey’s Anatomy” scoring an 8.3 and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” bringing in a 6.9.

The highest-rated new drama in the demo for the week was ABC’s “Lost” lead-out “Invasion” with a 6.8, while the highest-rated new comedy was NBC’s “My Name Is Earl” on Tuesday with a 6.6.

In total viewers “CSI” edged out “Housewives” for the top spot (29.0 million versus 28.4 million), with “Lost” coming in third with 23.5 million. The highest-rated new drama was CBS’s “Criminal Minds” special preview on Thursday (19.6 million), while the top-rated debuting comedy in viewers was “Earl” with 15.2 million.

ABC won the first week of the season in the demo with a 4.7, followed by CBS (4.1), NBC (3.4), Fox (2.8), UPN (1.8) and The WB (1.4).

CBS won the week in total viewers with 12.8 million, followed by ABC (12.3 million), NBC (9.9 million), Fox (6.5 million), UPN (4.1 million) and The WB (3.3 million).