'Lost' ratings weakest of season


NEW YORK -- ABC narrowly won Thursday night's primetime in the adults 18-49 demographic, although "Lost" turned in its weakest performance so far this season and "Eli Stone" continued to fall.

CBS, on the other hand, won the night in viewership and was only three-tenths of a rating point behind ABC, even though it only had one original program, "Survivor: Micronesia."

NBC saw some success with "Celebrity Apprentice," which came in second in 18-49 at 9 p.m. over "Lost," according to preliminary estimates released Friday by Nielsen Media Research.

"Lost" (13.6 million, 5.7 rating/15 share in 18-49) fell to its lowest 18-49 rating of the season and was 14% off the season-to-date average. "Celebrity Apprentice" (9.1 million, 3.7/10) was about even with last week but it didn't help "Lipstick Jungle" (6.1 million, 2.5/7), which came in second in 18-49, behind "Eli Stone" (7.8 million, 2.8/8) and ahead of a repeat "Without a Trace" (9.6 million, 2.3/7). But "Lipstick Jungle" was down 14% from last week's less-than-glossy premiere (2.9/8). "Eli Stone" was also down from last week's 3.3/9, which itself was down from the 4.0/11 premiere.

CBS won 8 p.m. with "Survivor: Micronesia" (13.1 million, 4.5/13) although NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (11 million, 3.4/10) was close in viewership.

For the night, ABC (9.2 million, 3.5/10) won in 18-49 over CBS (11.2 million, 3.2/9); NBC (9.1 million, 3.2/9); Fox (3.9 million, 1.4/4); and The CW (3.3 million, 1.4/4).