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‘Lost,’ ‘Invasion’ Top Wednesday Night

Sep 29, 2005  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s “Lost” and “Invasion” were the two top shows for Wednesday in the adults 18 to 49 demo, giving the network an easy win for the night in the advertiser-friendly demo.

At 9 p.m. (ET) “Lost” scored a 9.4 preliminary national rating in adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was down 8 percent from its season premiere last week. “Lost” lead-out “Invasion” scored a 5.3 in the demo, down 22 percent from its debut last week. A repeat of last week’s “Lost” premiere won the 8 p.m. hour in the demo, scoring a 4.0.

CBS’s 8 p.m. hour block of “Still Standing” and “Yes, Dear” grew an average of 13 percent over the shows’ premieres last week, but at 9 p.m. the time period premiere of “Criminal Minds” was down 15 percent from the year-ago premieres of the comedies “King of Queens” and “Center of the Universe.” At 10 p.m. the season premiere of “CSI: NY” was down 39 percent from its year-ago debut.

NBC’s second airing of “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” was down 9 percent from its debut a week ago, tying for fourth in the 8 p.m. time period with UPN’s “America’s Next Top Model.” The 9 p.m. “E-Ring” improved 19 percent in the demo from last week (2.5 versus 2.1), while at 10 p.m. “Law & Order” was up 20 percent to a 4.8 from its season premiere last week.

On Fox, an original 8 p.m. episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” was up 16 percent from last week to a 2.9, while at 9 p.m. “Nanny 911” scored a 2.7 in the demo, outperforming the recently canceled “Head Cases” by 17 percent.

At 9 p.m., UPN’s “Veronica Mars” scored a 1.3 in the demo, building on its Tuesday premiere last year by 18 percent. Year to year “Veronica” grew 50 percent in its women 18 to 34 rating (2.4) and doubled its teen rating to a 1.8.