'Lost' gives ABC Thursday win


NEW YORK -- ABC won Thursday night's primetime in the adults 18-49 demographic with the second episode of this season's "Lost," although it was down a bit from last week's premiere.

The premiere of CBS's "Survivor: Micronesia" dominated at 8 p.m., although it was down double digits from last spring's opener. And ABC's "Eli Stone" was also down from last week's premiere but still beat the premiere of NBC's "Lipstick Jungle."

"Lost" (15.1 million, 6.4 rating/16 share in adults 18-49) was the night's top show, according to preliminary estimates released Friday by Nielsen Media Research. It was down 9% in 18-49 and 6% in viewership week-to-week.

NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" (8.7 million, 3.2/8) was up 14% week-to-week but was down 14% from its season average. Fox's "Don't Forget The Lyrics" (8.6 million, 3.1/8) and a repeat of CBS' "CSI" (11.9 million, 3.1/8) weren't far behind.

"Survivor: Micronesia" (13.9 million, 4.7/13) won at 8 p.m. but it tied the premiere of "Survivor: China" in 18-49, which was the series' lowest ever. It also fell 18% compared to the Spring premiere of "Survivor: Fiji."

Fox's "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" (9.5 million, 2.7/7) was in second place ahead of "Deal or No Deal" (9.3 million, 2.6/7).

The second episode of ABC's "Eli Stone" (9.4 million, 3.6/10) was technically ahead at 10 p.m. but with "Lost" airing until 10:03 p.m., it won't be clear how it'll hold up until the final ratings later in the day. The preliminary rating was even down 10% from last week in 18-49. The premiere of NBC's "Lipstick Jungle" (7.6 million, 2.9/8) didn't do much better.

For the night, ABC (10.3 million, 4.1/11) was tops in 18-49 compared to CBS (12 million, 3.5/9); NBC (8.5 million, 2.9/8); Fox (9 million, 2.9/8); and The CW (3.3 million, 1.4/4).