The best episode (in my not so humble opinion) of Dollhouse to ever air on FOX….ended on something of a down note with less than a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.  Dollhouse averaged 2.147 million viewers and a .8 rating.

Medium was the night’s top show with adults 18-49 with a 2.2 ratings, edging out Ghost Whisperer’s 2.1 ratings.  But both were up versus last week when they aired against game one of the ALCS.

Numb3rs pulled a 1.8 and CBS took the night.

Ugly Betty dropped 14% from last week and averaged a 1.2 rating with adults 18-49 and , and Smallville matched last week’s season high 1.1.

Here are the ABC PR bullets for the night:

  • Despite moving back an hour earlier this year into the 8 o’clock hour, ABC’s Supernanny drew 12% more viewers than its year-ago Friday season premiere at 9pm coming out of Wife Swap (4.7 million vs. 4.2 million on 10/3/08).  Supernanny topped its Fox competition in the time period (Brothers/’Til Death) by 2.5 million viewers (4.7 million vs. 2.2 million) and by 57% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/4 vs. 0.7/3).
  • Showing solid retention of its week-earlier season opener (88% in Viewers/86% in AD18-49), ABC’s Ugly Betty built on its Adult 18-49 lead-in to defeat Fox’s established drama Dollhouse in the 9 o’clock hour by 50% (1.2/4 vs. 0.8/3).
  • Building on its Adult 18-49 lead-in by 33%, ABC News’ 20/20 took second at 10pm, defeating NBC’s Jay Leno in the hour by 13% in the key young adult sales demo (1.6/5 vs. 1.4/5).

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX Brothers 0.8/3 2.35
CBS Ghost Whisperer 2.1/7 8.46
NBC Law & Order 1.5/5 7.17
ABC Supernanny 1.1/4 4.70
CW Smallville 1.1/4 2.52
8:30 FOX Till Death 0.7/2 1.97
9:00 CBS Medium 2.2/7 8.43
NBC Dateline 1.8/6 7.91
ABC Ugly Betty 1.2/4 4.55
FOX Dollhouse 0.8/3 2.15
CW America’s Next Top Model (R) 0.5/2 1.13
10:00 CBS Numb3rs 1.8/6 8.05
ABC 20/20 1.6/5 5.60
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.4/5 6.15

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