CBS manages to 'Power' through to win


NEW YORK -- CBS won a quiet Wednesday primetime before the new TV season starts in earnest, thanks to repeats and a new "Power of 10" that edged it past NBC and "Last Comic Standing."

"Comic" made it closer than it would have been, averaging 6.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating/6 share in the adults 18-49 demographic to become the night's top show in the demo. A repeat "CSI: NY" (8.9 million, 2.4/7) was the night's top show in viewership, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.

CBS won at 8 p.m. with a new "Power of 10" (7.8 million, 2.0/7) that beat all repeats. While "Comic" won at 9 p.m. in the demo, CBS' repeat "Criminal Minds" (8.1 million, 2.0/6) took viewership in a walk and then CBS followed it up at 10 p.m. with "CSI: NY" that beat originals "NASCAR in Primetime" (2.7 million, 1.1/3) and "Dateline NBC" (6.1 million, 2.1/6).

Wednesday averages: CBS (8.3 million, 2.2/6); NBC (5.5 million, 2.1/6); ABC (4.3 million, 1.6/5); Fox (4.2 million, 1.5/5); and the CW (2.2 million, 1.0/3).