Fourteen million viewers tuned in for CSI: NY’s 100th episode, in which Gary Sinise’s Det. Mac Taylor investigated cases whose victims shared his name. That’s a huge number for CSI: NY, up 17 percent from last week’s episode, and up a whopping 21 percent from last season’s average. CBS’ other programming saw ratings boosts as well. Gary Unmarried and The New Adventures of Old Christine both drew 8.1 million viewers, scoring respective 16 percent and 17 percent gains. Criminal Minds increased its viewership by 10 percent over last week, averaging 16.4 million to make it the night’s most-watched show (as usual). The night’s other winner: Fox’s Bones (10.7 million viewers) earned the highest share of the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. audience, even though it was down slightly from the previous week.
Meanwhile, Wednesday programming from ABC and CBS suffered. Viewership was down for the Peacock’s hour-longs: Knight Rider (5.1 million), Law & Order (7.6 million), and Life (5.3 million, a 500k loss since last week). ABC’s three dramas fared even worse. Pushing Daisies bottomed out with 4.9 million viewers, its lowest number this season by far, and down 27 percent from its debut-season average. Private Practice (7.1 million) lost a whole quarter of its viewership from its last new episode, while Dirty Sexy Money (5.6 million) lost 10 percent. Last week, ABC aired the CMA Awards all night, so that could account for the significant dropoff.
On the CW, the season – excuse me, cycle – finale of America’s Next Top Model netted 4.8 million viewers, over a million more than last week. Its followup, Stylista, got to bask in Top Model’s catwalk-y glow, gaining half a million viewers from last week’s episode with a 2.2-million-viewer turnout.
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