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‘Lost’ Fall Finale Gives ABC Wednesday Win

Nov 9, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The “fall finale” of “Lost” led ABC to a Wednesday night victory, despite the show still underperforming compared with the prior year.

At 9 p.m. (ET), “Lost” earned a 7.0, up 6 percent from last week’s season low, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research numbers. But its six-episode fall run is down 24 percent from last year. Also, CBS’s “Criminal Minds” topped “Lost” in households (11.1 to 10.4) for the second week in a row.

ABC’s nightly win was aided by “The Nine” in the 10 p.m. slot, whose 3.0 rating was the show’s best performance since its Oct. 4 debut (though there was some “Lost” overrun, which may change the number in the national ratings). At 8 p.m., the “Dancing With the Stars” results show garnered a season-high 5.2.

Second-place CBS led off with “Jericho” at 8 p.m., which earned a 3.0, matching its lowest rating to date, followed by “Criminal Minds,” which posted a series high in the time period (5.1), then “CSI: NY” (5.4).

NBC, which finished third, offered a two-hour “The Biggest Loser” (3.1) and “Dateline” (3.0), both of which were about average.

Fourth-place Fox had “Bones” (2.8), followed by “The O.C.” (1.5), which continued to struggle despite a return to its former night. “The O.C.” was matched by The CW’s “One Tree Hill” in the time period, while a new “America’s Next Top Model” at 8 p.m. scored a 2.6.