ABC puts up its 'Daisies' dukes

Premiere petals net to viewers, demo wins Wednesday

"Pushing Daisies" bloomed for ABC on Wednesday, but its "Private Practice" and NBC's "Bionic Woman" didn't look as strong in their second outings against CBS' "Criminal Minds."

The critical favorite "Daisies" debuted strongly, averaging 13 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic to win both measures in a walk at 8 p.m., Nielsen Media Research said.

While ABC fortunes continued at 9 p.m. with the second episode of "Practice" (12.3 million, 4.5/11), all was not well with it or "Bionic" (11.1 million, 4.1/10). Both posted declines from last week's premieres, with "Bionic" showing the steeper decline.

"Practice" still was the night's top show in the demo, but another winner had to be the Eye's "Minds" (14.6 million, 3.8/10), which was up week-to-week in adults 18-49 and reclaimed the top spot in viewership. But "Minds" declined compared with last year's telecast, no doubt thanks to increased competition in the time period.

CBS showed improvements week-over-week for the second consecutive night thanks to "CSI: NY" (12.7 million, 3.9/10), which was up 5% in adults 18-49 week-over-week and won key measures at 10 p.m. after it didn't last week. "CSI: NY" also was down 25% from last year.

Also at 10 p.m., ABC held steady week-to-week with "Dirty Sexy Money" (9.6 million, 3.5/10), while NBC's "Life" (8.7 million, 3.0/8) started to lose a little of it by dropping 25% compared with last week.

"Daisies" torched its 8 p.m. competition, with CBS' "Kid Nation" (7.4 million, 2.4/7) down from last week's 2.8/8 (as well as its 3.1/9 premiere) and Fox's "Back to You" (6.6 million, 2.4/7) falling from last week's 2.8/9. Fox's " 'Til Death" (6.2 million, 2.5/7) was up 4% in adults 18-49 week-over-week, as was NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (11.2 million, 2.8/8). Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares" (6.2 million, 2.9/7) also was up week-over-week against tough competition. The CW's "America's Next Top Model" (4.5 million, 2.2/6) was down, while its "Gossip Girl" (2.8 million, 1.2/3) was up week-over-week.

ABC (11.7 million, 4.2/11) led the way in both measures, followed by CBS (11.6 million, 3.4/9), NBC (10.3 million, 3.3/9), Fox (6.3 million, 2.7/7) and the CW (3.6 million, 1.7/5).