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CBS Overcomes ’20/20′ Threat to Win Wednesday

Sep 28, 2006  •  Post A Comment

CBS was the top-rated broadcast network Wednesday in the adults 18 to 49 demographic, despite facing serious competition from ABC with its “20/20” profile of the late animal expert Steve Irwin.

At 10 p.m. (ET), “CSI: NY” and “20/20” tied for the No. 1 show of the night, with both series receiving a 5.1 preliminary national rating in adults 18 to 49, a number that includes live viewing plus same-day viewing via digital video recorders, according to Nielsen Media Research. “CSI: NY” was up 2 percent from its season premiere last week.

NBC was third in the time period with its new drama “Kidnapped,” which scored a 2.1 in adults 18 to 49, down 25 percent from its debut last week.

CBS was the clear winner at 9 p.m. with “Criminal Minds” (4.8), which was up 7 percent in adults 18 to 49 from its season premiere last week. ABC’s “Lost” clip show and the second hour of NBC’s reality show “The Biggest Loser” tied in the time period with a 3.4, followed by Fox’s “Justice” (2.6) and the season premiere of The CW’s “One Tree Hill,” which scored a 1.7 in adults 18 to 49, even with its October season premiere performance last season. In adults 18 to 34 “Hill” scored a 2.2, down 4 percent in the young adults group from last season’s premiere.

At 8 p.m., ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” results show was tops in the time period with a 4.0, followed by new CBS drama “Jericho” (3.6), which grew 6 percent from its debut last week. Fox’s “Bones” scored a 2.7, while the first half of “Loser” and The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” tied in the hour with a 2.4 in adults 18 to 49. For its full two hours, “Loser” scored a 2.9, down 6 percent from its premiere last week.

CBS was the No. 1 broadcaster Wednesday with an average 4.5 in adults 18 to 49, followed by ABC (4.2), Fox (2.7), NBC (2.6) and The CW (2.1).