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Game Rainout Gives ABC Wednesday Win

Oct 26, 2006  •  Post A Comment

A last-minute World Series game cancellation left Fox bereft and Wednesday night wide open for ABC to swoop in and enjoy an easy victory.

With Game 4 between St. Louis and Detroit was canceled due to rain, Fox filled its schedule with reruns of “The War at Home” and wound up in last place. ABC was then able to have its usual Wednesday win with “Dancing With the Stars,” “Lost” and “The Nine,” though the latter two performed weaker than the network would like.

According to preliminary Nielsen Media Research ratings, ABC garnered a 5.0 rating among viewers 18 to 49 for the night, followed by CBS (4.3), NBC (2.9), The CW (2.1) and Fox (2.0)-yes, Fox was beat by The CW. Among households, ABC led CBS, 9.6 to 9.5.

Hour by hour, “Dancing” stomped all competitors at 8 p.m. with its results show (5.1) delivering the series’ highest rating of the season, followed by CBS’s “Jericho” and a strong “America’s Next Top Model” (2.7). NBC’s “30 Rock” dropped yet again this week to a season-low 2.1, which does not bode well for the show’s upcoming switch to Thursdays. “20 Good Years” was about the same with a 2.0. “War at Home” earned a 1.9.

At 9 p.m., “Lost” bounced back 5 percent to a 6.9 after a season-low episode last week, but the show is still averaging about 27 percent lower than last year. On CBS, “Criminal Minds” drew a 4.4, NBC’s “Biggest Loser” had a 3.3 and “War at Home” had a 2.2. The CW’s “One Tree Hill” had a 1.6 and showed week-to-week gains in several demos.

Moving to 10 p.m., CBS’s “CSI:NY” dominated with a 5.4 and NBC’s “Dateline” had a 3.2. On ABC, “The Nine” posted its lowest rating to date, a 3.0.