ABC has that sinking feeling on Wed. night


ABC's drama lineup on Wednesday night dropped further during its second week on the air, leaving the network in fourth place.

Although "Pushing Daisies" (5.5 million viewers, 2.0 adults 18-49 rating and a 6 share) held steady, "Private Practice" (7.4 million, 2.6/6) and "Dirty Sexy Money" (5.9 million, 2.0/6) slumped after last week's disappointing Season 2 premieres. "Practice" fell 21%, and "Money" slipped 17%.

CBS was the primary beneficiary of ABC's drop; its entire lineup enjoyed gains to help the net win the night. "Criminal Minds" (16.2 million, 4.3/11) recovered after last week's drop, up about 10%. "CSI: NY" (15.9 million, 4.3/12) gained a little and ranked as the highest-rated show of the night.

In second, Fox's "Bones" (10.6 million, 3.4/10) climbed 6% to win the 8 p.m. hour.

In third, NBC's "Knight Rider" (6.9 million, 2.3/7) slipped a notch after holding steady last week. (partialdiff)