'Bionic Woman' Hits Bottom

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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Continuing to free fall, NBC's "Bionic Woman" hit a new low Wednesday night and came in last place among major networks in the 9 p.m. hour.

After such a strong start last month, "Bionic" has dropped with every telecast amid ongoing behind-the-scenes showrunner turmoil. In its six episodes, the "Bionic" narrative has paired Michelle Ryan's Jamie Summers with several potential on-screen partners, rotating through the show as if on a Lazy Susan, looking for a match.

Meanwhile the show has similarly cycled through producers, with reports of writer Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights") recently taking over the writers room, now others reporting that Jason Cahill ("The Sopranos") is running the show, all of which continue to receive a "no comment" from NBC (itself a sign of trouble—who's in charge of a primetime show should not be a backroom secret).

"Bionic" scored a 2.7 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49, with NBC coming in fourth place for the night. Lead-in "Phenomenon" (2.2) was down from last week and "Life" was on par (2.6).

ABC won the night with the 41st annual CMA Awards, matching last year (5.4).

CBS was second with "Kid Nation" up a notch (2.1), "Criminal Minds" up a few ticks (3.9), but "CSI: NY" hit a low (3.5).

Returning to originals after airing the World Series than repeats the last couple weeks, Fox came in third with "Back to You" (2.2) and "Til Death" (2.4) and "Kitchen Nightmares" (2.9) returning to relative lows.

The CW came in second place in the 8 p.m. hour with a strong "America's Next Top Model" (2.5), while "Gossip Girl" was on par (1.2).