'Minds' matters on Wed.

Tops 'Lost,' but ABC wins demo

ABC won Wednesday in the adults 18-49 demographic but was second in viewership to CBS, whose "Criminal Minds" beat "Lost" in viewers.

ABC placed ahead of CBS in the demo for the night, comfortably winning both the 8 and 9 p.m. hours. But at 10 p.m. the momentum shifted to CBS, which won in the demo and viewership with "CSI: NY." And even though ABC trounced all comers at 8 p.m. with its "Dancing With the Stars" results show, CBS won the night in viewership.

"Dancing" (19.2 million, 4.8 rating/13 share in adults 18-49) started the night for ABC down slightly from last week's 20.2 million and 5.1/14, according to Nielsen Media Research. Nothing else came even close. CBS' "Jericho" (9.9 million, 3.0/8) was down compared with last week's 10.6 million, 3.2/9. After a month on the bench because of the baseball postseason, Fox's "Bones" (7.3 million, 2.7/7) returned to the air.

NBC's sitcoms "30 Rock" (4.6 million, 1.7/5) and "Twenty Good Years" (4.1 million, 1.5/4) continued their declines and were beaten by the CW's "America's Next Top Model" (4.4 million, 2.1/6) in the demo.

"Lost" (16.1 million, 6.6/ 12) remained the night's demo winner, but a surging "Criminal Minds" (17 million, 5.0/12) sailed past it for the entire hour. "The Biggest Loser" (7.8 million, 3.3/8) helped NBC recover a bit at 9 p.m. while the premiere of the Fox game show "The Rich List" (4.1 million, 1.5/4) was tepid.

The 10 p.m. hour belonged to "CSI: NY" (16.6 million, 5.4/15), which overpowered "The Nine" (6.5 million, 2.6/7) as well as the Madonna interview on "Dateline" (7.1 million, 2.7/8).

Nightly averages: ABC, 14 million, 4.7/12; CBS, 14.5 million, 4.5/12; NBC, 6.4 million, 2.6/7; Fox, 5.7 million, 2.1/5; and the CW, 3.5 million, 1.6/4.
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