Early Ratings: America Still Loves Dancing, Criminals and Crime Scenes

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September 25th, 2008

But the high tech cars and pretty girls didn't fare so well...

The early meter market numbers are always subject to change, and the 15 minute-ish address last night from President Bush at 9pm makes them much more subject to change than normal. CBS looks to have won the night, though the Wednesday 8pm-9pm comedy block got off to a rough start with the New Adventures of Old Christine pulling but a 4.3/7 (household rating/share) and Gary Unmarried had a 4.6./7 at 8:30pm. Both came in fourth in their time slots. But CBS rebounded nicely with crime procedurals with Criminal Minds at a 10.0/15 and CSI: NY at a 10.3/17. The CSI franchise is off to a good start for the 2008-2009 season (CSI: Miami had big numbers on Monday).

Yet another hour of Dancing with the Stars won the 8pm slot with an 8pm 10.3/17. David Blaine from 9pm-11pm netted a 5.0/8, and these numbers were likely aided by the Bush address as the first half hour had the highest rating (6.7/10).

Bones scored a 6.1/10 in the metered markets, but Fox's comedies are DOA with ‘Til Death snaring a 3.2/5 and Do Not Disturb scoring a 2.5/4. The only reason we can come up with that Do Not Disturb has not already been replaced is that Fox has nothing to replace it with.

The series premiere of Knight Rider only pulled a 4.9/8 at 8pm. It will be interesting to see how it did among 18-49 year olds. America's Got Talent scored a 6.8/10 at 9pm, and at 10pm the season premiere of Lipstick Jungle sunk to a 4.7/7. Ouch.

America's Next Top Model on CW had a 3.3/5 in the early metered market report. We'll have the full overnight report up with viewer numbers and demographic data as soon as we've seen the fast affiliate data.

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