Wednesday Ratings Set Record for The CW

Dec 7, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Wednesday night’s season finale of “America’s Next Top Model” landed The CW in third place among the major networks for the first time since its September launch.

The CW averaged a 2.4 rating for the evening among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures. It bested ABC (2.1) and Fox (2.0), giving the traditional fifth-place The CW its first third-place finish. It was also the highest-rated evening so far for The CW among its key adults 18 to 34 demographic.

The king of Wednesday night, however, was CBS, which won the evening with the ninth-season premiere of “King of Queens.” The episode earned a 3.2, followed by a “King of Queens” special (3.6). Two procedural reruns followed.

NBC was second with a “Biggest Loser” recap special (2.6), followed by a new “Loser” episode that was the highest rated of the season (4.0), then an average episode of “Medium” (3.1).

The CW tied its highest-rated “Top Model” finale ever (3.0), as well as had a season-high “One Tree Hill” (1.9).

In fourth place was ABC, which despite programming originals against a rerun-soaked field had a rough night. Game show “Show Me the Money” fell 14 percent from its already low-rated time-period average to a 1.9. “Money” was followed by the fourth, and likely final, episode of “Daybreak” (1.7), which continued to decline.

Fox was in fifth place with two reruns of “Bones.”