With ‘Lost’ a rerun, CBS’s ‘Criminal Minds’ thrives
November 4, 2005
CBS’s Criminal Minds benefited from the absence of an original Lost on ABC Wednesday night, averaging a 4.9 overnight rating among viewers 18-49. That’s the first-year show’s highest overnight rating in its regular Wednesday 9 p.m. timeslot. (The premiere episode earned a 6.7 in overnights, but aired on Thursday, Sept. 22, after the season premiere of CSI.)
Minds helped CBS finish first for the night among 18-49s with a 4.1 average rating and an 11 share. Fox was second at 4.0/11, NBC third at 3.1/8, ABC fourth at 2.6/7, UPN fifth at 1.6/4 and the WB sixth at 1.4/4.
Fox led at 8 p.m. with a 3.8 average for the hour-long season premiere of That ˜70s Show. ABC was second with a 2.8 average for George Lopez (2.8) and Freddie (2.9), and NBC third with a 2.4 for E-Ring.
CBS took the lead at 9 p.m. with its 4.9 average for Minds. Fox was second with a 4.2 for the season premiere of Trading Spouses and ABC third with a 3.1 for its repeat of Lost.
At 10 p.m., CBS led with a 5.2 average rating for CSI: NY, the highest-rated show of the night. NBC was second with a 4.0 for Law & Order and ABC third with a 2.0 for a repeat of Invasion.
Among households, CBS led the night with an 8.6 average rating and a 14 share. NBC was second at 6.7/11, Fox third at 5.1/8, ABC fourth at 4.6/7, UPN fifth at 2.4/4 and the WB sixth at 2.1/3.
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