'CSI,' 'Minds' return to solid ratings


CBS crime dramas "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: New York" became the latest shows to return from their strike-induced hiatus Wednesday night, yielding solid ratings returns.

"Minds" (12.8 million viewers, 3.4 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49 and a 9 share) was up against Fox's "American Idol" for the first time this season, so its viewership was lower than its pre-strike average. At 10 p.m., outside of "Idol" competition, the return "CSI" was on par (12.8 million, 3.6/10). The dramas along with "Big Brother" (6 million, 2.2/7) helped CBS pull into second place for the evening.

In first place, Fox led once again with "Idol" (24.3 million, 9.1/23), but the return of "Minds" may have impacted the reality show, which slipped 7% from last week.

Lead-in "Moment of Truth" finished its first season with a slight week-to-week gain (10 million, 4.1/12). With a 6.1 overall average, "Truth" is the highest-rated new show of the season, winning every one of its Wednesday night time periods with or without an "Idol" lead-in.

In third place, ABC ran "Wife Swap" (5.7 million, 2.0/6), "Supernanny" (5.8 million, 2.3/6) and "Men in Trees" (5.5 million, 1.5/4). NBC was forth with "Deal or No Deal" (9.3 million, 2.0/6) and repeats. The CW was fifth with a strong outing of "America's Next Top Model" (4.1 million, 1.9/6).