CBS Records First Wednesday Win of the Season

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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Four of the five broadcast networks had positive ratings news this morning, with shows showing across-the-board growth from their last original airings. The exception: NBC, whose Wednesday night lineup continues to sink.

CBS earns the best headline: The network topped Wednesday in the adults 18 to 49 demo for the first time this season.

A month ago, the Wednesday leadership battle was between ABC (touting "Private Practice") and NBC (with "Bionic Woman"). Since then, "Bionic" ratings have dropped with every broadcast and "Private" has largely maintained its average.

CBS' squeaking into the top spot, led by a season-high "Criminal Minds," shifts the Wednesday race to an ABC vs. CBS contest—with Fox also making gains thanks to its comedies and "Kitchen Nightmares."

CBS had "Kid Nation" (up 14% week-to-week to a 2.4 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49), "Criminal Minds" (up 13% to a 4.3) and "CSI: NY" (up 6% to a 3.8).

ABC, returning to its drama lineup after last week's "CMA Awards," was a close second. The network had "Pushing Daisies" (up 15% to a 3.1), "Private Practice" (up 11% to a 4.2) and "Dirty Sexy Money" (up a notch to a 2.9).

Fox was third with "Back to You" (up 14% to a 2.5), "Til Death" (up 13% to a 2.7) and "Kitchen Nightmares" (hitting a new series high with a 3.2).

Coming in fourth, NBC's "Phenomenon" (2.0) and "Bionic Woman" (2.5) hit series lows, followed by a steady "Life" (2.5).

On The CW, "America's Next Top Model" hit a season high (2.6) and "Gossip Girl" (1.4) had its best night since its premiere across key demos.
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