'Private Practice' and 'CSI: NY' Top Wednesday

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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ABC's "Private Practice" and CBS's "CSI: NY" were the highest-rated shows Wednesday night, with several other titles showing intriguing growth or erosion.

ABC's drama lineup won the night for the network, but all three of the shows endured mild ratings decreases from last week. "Pushing Daisies" continued to dominate the 8 p.m. hour, but dropped a notch to a 3.6 rating among adults 18 to 49 in the preliminary Nielsens. At 9 p.m., "Private Practice" was down 12 percent to a 4.3. "Dirty Sexy Money" dropped 6 percent to a 3.1.

In second place, CBS's "Kid Nation" showed ratings growth for the first time since its premiere. The reality show went from a danger-zone 2.1 last week to bounce 14 percent to a 2.4. That's still last place for the hour, behind The CW's "America's Next Top Model" (2.5), but finally heading in the right direction. "Criminal Minds" (3.9) and "CSI: NY" (4.1) were even.

Third-place NBC had an on- par "Deal or No Deal" (3.1). At 9 p.m., the "Bionic Woman" parachute still hasn't opened (down 15 percent to a 3.3), while "Life" has seemingly stabilized in last place for the 10 p.m. hour (2.8).

Fox's "Back to You" held steady (2.3), while "Til Death" climbed a few rungs (2.7). "Kitchen Nightmares," which just received a full season pickup, continues to build, up two bits this week (3.2).

The CW's "Top Model" continues to be strong and "Gossip Girl" was down a notch in the demo (1.2) but held even among adults 18 to 49 (1.7).
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