‘Lost’ Returns to Season Low

Feb 8, 2007  •  Post A Comment

(Corrects ‘Criminal Minds’ Ratings Info and ‘Lost’ Hiatus Time Element)

Despite receiving considerable promotion and favorable reviews, after a three-month hiatus the return of ABC’s “Lost” garnered the show’s lowest rating of the season. “Lost” returned to a 6.5 rating in its new 10 p.m. time period, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data, falling 7 percent from its season average.

ABC shifted the program to 10 p.m. to keep it out of competition with “American Idol.” The network said the rating was very high for any 10 p.m. show. A 6.5 is the second-highest rating in the demo for any regular-series telecast on any network in the 10 p.m. hour on any night this season. “Lost” also impacted some other 10 p.m. shows, with NBC’s “Medium” hitting a season low 2.9 and CBS’s “CSI: NY” down slightly with a 4.9.

Fox won the night with “Bones” (4.2) and “American Idol” (11.8). “Bones” posted its highest rating in nearly a year, but “Idol” had its lowest rating of the season (the episode was a “best of the rest” roundup from the seven previous audition cities).

CBS was second and continued to draw fuel from its Super Bowl coverage, with “Criminal Minds” earning a 5.1. “Minds” was the conclusion of a two-part episode launched after the Super Bowl. “Minds” was up 55 percent from the last original telecast. By comparison, last year ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” gained 36 percent in its regular slot after its post-Super Bowl episode.

ABC was a close third with “George Lopez” (2.6) and “Knights of Prosperity” (2.1), before launching the “Lost” recap special and original episode.

On fourth-place NBC, “Friday Night Lights” matched its highest 18 to 49 rating since October (2.4), followed by “Deal or No Deal” (2.6) and “Medium” (2.9).

On The CW, “Beauty and the Geek” had its best ratings since its two-hour premiere (2.1), followed by “One Tree Hill” (1.3).

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