Ratings Wednesday: Criminal Minds, CSI:NY Power CBS Sweep, ABC Fades

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October 9th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 13.094 7.405 6.251 6.020 4.215 2.871
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.6/10 2.5/7 2.2/6 2.3/6 1.7/5 1.3/4
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.2/6 2.1/6 2.1/6 1.8/6 1.8/5 1.7/5

CBS swept the audience title along with both adult viewing demographics Wednesday night on the strength of Criminal Minds and CSI:NY. Fox was second down the line (tied with ABC in adults 18-34) as Bones continued to grow all its audience groups. And ABC's Wednesday night line up drifted lower, looking even weaker than its premiere last week.

Bones audience grew 5% from last week and its adult demo ratings did similarly as it increased its margins of victory in all categories and buried the competition from 8-9. Knight Rider fell about 10% from last week. New Adventures of Old Christine increased its audience and gained a tenth in the 18-49 demo, but its 18-34 demo was still startlingly weak. Prognosis: Negative. Pushing Daisies got pushed down even further from its premiere losing 12% of its audience, but maintaining its 18-49 demo at what is a dismal level. America's Next Top Model took only a tiny audience hit, maintained its 18-49 demo, and grew its 18-34 demo a tick.

Gary Unmarried grew its audience and added a tenth to its 18-49 demo. It may have a better chance of survival than Christine, but I wouldn't make long term plans for either.

Starting at 9pm it was all CBS as Criminal Minds began the rout growing its audience to 15.896 million and increasing its 18-49 demo by a big 0.5 rating points. Under the onslaught Private Practice faded, losing 800,000 viewers and a disheartening 0.8 18-49 rating points, but still nipped Criminal Minds for the 18-34 demo in the hour. Til Death drifted a bit lower from last week, further into the "why do they keep that show around" range.

CSI:NY continued the CBS steamroller at 10pm gaining over a million viewers from last week and boosting its demo ratings by a tenth each. Dirty Sexy Money lost over a million viewers and a quarter of its 18-49 demo to complete the humbling night for ABC. Lipstick Jungle fell about a half million viewers but held its 18-49 demo steady in what is still "see ya" territory.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/ Share 18-34 Rating/ Share
8:00 FOX Bones 10.340 3.3/10 2.9/9
  CBS New Advs of Old Christine 7.638 2.1/7 1.1/4
  NBC Knight Rider 6.732 2.2/7 1.8/6
  ABC Pushing Daisies 5.551 2.0/6 1.8/6
  UNI Cuidado on el Angel 4.320 1.7/5 1.9/6
  CW America's Next Top Model 3.879 1.8/5 2.2/7
8:30 CBS Gary Unmarried 7.426 2.3/6 1.3/4
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 15.896 4.3/11 2.4/7
  ABC Private Practice 7.257 2.5/6 2.5/7
  NBC Biggest Loser: Families 6.563 2.7/7 2.2/6
  UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.977 2.0/5 2.2/6
  FOX Til Death 4.970 1.8/5 1.4/4
  CW 90210 (repeat) 1.863 0.9/2 1.1/3
9:30 FOX Til Death 3.972 1.4/4 1.2/3
10:00 CBS CSI:NY 15.855 4.3/12 2.9/8
  ABC Dirty Sexy Money 5.946 2.0/5 1.9/5
  NBC Lipstick Jungle 4.765 1.9/5 1.6/5
  UNI Don Francisco Presenta 3.349 1.4/4 1.3/4


Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. Timeslot demo winners are in bold.

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