CBS Wins Wed. Night, ABC Hangs In With 'Grey's' Repeats

In the first three days of the new season, three different networks came out on top.

It was CBS' turn on Wednesday--albeit in a weaker night overall for prime-time TV with ABC in quasi-rerun mode. CBS, thanks to season debuts of "CSI: NY," "Criminal Minds," and new show "Jericho," earned steady numbers, pulling in an overall average of 4.2 rating/12 share in preliminary Nielsen estimates.

Next was ABC. But without its usual Wednesday-night powerhouse "Lost," as well as two reruns of "Grey's Anatomy," ABC only pushed to a 3.7/10 for the evening. "Grey's" earned a 3.8/11. The "Dancing with the Stars" 8 p.m. results show slipped to a 3.7/11, but still won its time period.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was with the CW--debuting in its official premiere night with a two-hour "America's Next Top Model," beating up on Fox. The CW pulled in a 2.6/7, for fourth-place overall, besting Fox with a 2.2/6 and Univision at a 1.8/5.

CW's "Model" struck a chord with a strong 3.3 rating in adults 18-34, and a 2.6/7 in adults 18-49. The show was the net's only show of the night.



NBC didn't get such good news. The net pulled in a third-place spot with a 3.0/8. Its new "Kidnapped" drama got off the ground with only a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49--coming in fourth at 10 p.m., well behind CBS's "CSI: NY" premiere and a "Grey's Anatomy" rerun.

CBS had better news with its new drama, "Jericho," although it wasn't as highly recommended by critics or media buyers. The show, starring Skeet Ulrich, averaged a 3.2 at 8 p.m., drawing 11.4 million total viewers and coming in second place to "Dancing with the Stars."

The top seven shows of the night among adults 18-49 were: "CSI: NY" with a 4.9; "Criminal Minds," at 4.5; the 10 p.m. "Grey's" repeat, at 4.0; "Dancing with the Stars," at 3.7; the 9 p.m. "Grey's" repeat, at 3.5; the 9 p.m. hour of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," at 3.5; and "Jericho," at 3.2.

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