"Jericho," the apocalyptic drama, climbed to a Nielsen preliminary 3.6 rating--up 13 percent from a 3.2 the week before in the 8 p.m. time slot. All the while, a competing new drama--NBC's "Kidnapped," which was running at 10 p.m.--sank a staggering 25 percent, week-to-week, landing at an anemic 2.1 rating among 18-49 viewers.
CBS earned a 4.5 rating/13 share for the night. ABC was next at a 4.2/11. There was good news for both networks: Each was up a couple tenths of a rating point. Fox came in at a lower 2.7/7 for the evening--although it, too, rose versus its numbers of a week ago. NBC was next at a 2.6/7. Then came the CW at a 2.1/6. Univision pulled up the rear with a 1.7/4.
Other highlights included ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," which was up 10 percent to a 4.0 rating from a week ago. Fox's "Bones" had a difficult time keeping up, only getting to a 2.7 rating.
CBS was able to capitalize in the 9 p.m. hour from rerun episodes of ABC's "Lost." CBS' "Criminal Minds" won for the second straight week, with a 4.8 rating, matching its best ever adult 18-49 rating result. An ABC recap show of "Lost" and NBC's "The Biggest Loser" tied for second, with a 3.4.
The CW's strongest show of the new season continues to be "America's Next Top Model," which posted a 2.4/7 rating--up 14 percent from the week before. "Model" also finished first among 18-34 viewers with a 2.9 rating. The CW tied for the night's lead among 18-34 viewers, drawing a 3.6/10 with a combination of "Model" and the debut of "One Tree Hill."
Wednesday continues to be a strong night for the CW--up nearly 200 percent in all demos versus WB, and almost 20 percent higher versus UPN numbers of a year ago.