ABC prevails Wed. with 'Daisies,' 'Practice'

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NEW YORK -- ABC won primetime Wednesday in the key adults 18-49 demographic as freshman series "Pushing Daisies" and "Private Practice" won their time periods though both were down week-to-week.

"Private Practice" remained the night's top show in adults 18-49 with 11.8 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/11 share in the demo, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. But "Private Practice" was down more than a half-million viewers and 12% in adults 18-49, though it saw a slight improvement in its second half hour.

CBS' drama "Criminal Minds" (14.9 million, 3.9/10) had a comfortable lead in viewership and remained steady week-to-week. NBC's "Bionic Woman" (8.5 million, 3.3/8) was down slightly from last week but has failed to show improvement from its premiere week peak. Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares" (6.9 million, 3.2/8) was up.

While down slightly from last week, "Pushing Daisies" (9.7 million, 3.6/10) still handily won the hour in adults 18-49. NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (12.3 million, 3.1/9) tied the highest adults 18-49 rating since Dec. 11, 2006. "Kid Nation" (7.4 million, 2.4/7) was up 14% over last week while Fox's pair of sitcoms, "Back To You" (6.9 million, 2.3/7) and " 'Til Death" (7 million, 2.7/7) were flat to slightly up.

Veteran "CSI: NY" (13.8 million, 4.1/11) was even with last week and had no trouble dismissing newcomers "Dirty Sexy Money" (8.8 million, 3.1/9) and NBC's "Life" (7.6 million, 2.8/8). "Dirty Sexy Money" was down another 6%, and "Life" was up slightly.

ABC (10.1 million, 3.7/10) led for the night in adults 18-49 ahead of CBS (12 million, 3.5/9); NBC (9.5 million, 3.1/8); Fox (6.9 million, 2.8/8); and the CW (3.7 million, 1.9/5).
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