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NEW YORK -- "Lost" returned for its third-season premiere Wednesday to give ABC a win for the night in viewership and the demo.

At 9 p.m., "Lost" averaged 18.8 million viewers and a 7.7 rating/19 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was the night's top show in viewers and the demo but came in below the 23.5 million viewers and 10.2/25 it received for its second-season premiere Sept. 21, 2005.

CBS' "Criminal Minds" (15.2 million, 4.2/10) did respectable business in viewers opposite "Lost," but the latter was still the most-watched program of the night by far. NBC's "The Biggest Loser" (7.1 million, 3.0/7) finished behind a repeat of Fox's "House" (8.9 million, 3.3/8) and the CW's "One Tree Hill" kept its adults 18-34 audience from last week's premiere.

Despite rave reviews from critics, new drama-thriller "The Nine" (11.9 million, 4.6/12) had a hard time holding onto "Lost's" windfall and was topped in the 10 p.m. hour by CBS' "CSI: NY" (15.7 million, 4.9/14). NBC barely was on the radar in the hour with a repeat of "Kidnapped" (5.1 million, 1.9/5).

At 8 p.m., ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" results show won the hour easily with 17.5 million viewers and a 4.5/13. CBS' freshman "Jericho" (10.8 million, 3.4/10) ran second against the repeat of the premiere episode of NBC's "Friday Night Lights" (4.4 million, 1.6/5).

CW's "America's Next Top Model" averaged 5.2 million viewers and a 2.6/8 to reach a season high in key demos, while Fox's "Bones" (8.1 million, 2.8/8) came in third in the demo at 8 p.m.

For the night, ABC led with 16.1 million viewers and a 5.6/15 in 18-49. CBS was No. 2 at 13.9 million, 4.2/11 in the demo.