Woe is ABC. The network’s block of hourlong dramas — 8 p.m.’s Pushing Daisies, 9 p.m.’s Private Practice (pictured: Kate Walsh), and 10 p.m.’s Dirty Sexy Money — declined yet again last night from the previous week’s premiere numbers, which were already well below each show’s last-season average. According to preliminary ratings data, Daisies nabbed just 5.6 million viewers, down 11 percent from last week and 3.2 million short of last year’s average. Private Practice scored a little better, attracting 7.2 million, down 10 percent from last week and 2.5 million below its season 1 average. And DSM reeled in 6 million, a 17 percent decline from the premiere and 1.4 million fewer viewers than its debut-season average.
NBC wasn’t looking much healthier. Knight Rider‘s previous episode actually bested its premiere, but it fell 12 percent this week, attracting 6.7 million viewers. Its 9 p.m. follow up, The Biggest Loser: Families, attracted 6.6 million, down 15 percent from last fall’s Biggest Loser season and down 22 percent from the spring’s Couples season, and Lipstick Jungle garnered 4.8 million at 10 p.m., down 21 percent from last season’s average and a nearly 30 percent loss of its Loser lead-in audience.
Fox and CBS, on the other hand, both improved on last week’s viewership for every show. Fox’s procedural Bones added half a million viewers to last week’s totals, topping out at 10.3 million (and winning the 8 p.m. time slot). The network’s 9 p.m. double shot of the Brad Garrett-led sitcom ‘Til Death scored 5 million for the first episode and 4 million for the second (both improvements over last week).
But CBS was the night’s winner by a long shot. Although NBC’s Bones beat the Eye’s comedy block of The New Adventures of Old Christine (7.6 million) and Gary Unmarried (7 million) at 8 p.m., both series continued to increase their audience since their premieres, and the one-two punch of Criminal Minds (15.9 million) at 9 p.m. and CSI: NY (15.9 million) at 10 p.m., the night’s two top-rated shows, again handed CBS the Wednesday night crown. The ratings titans show no signs of slowing, either: Both shows added over a million viewers to their previous week totals.
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