'Private Practice' Leads Wednesday Pack

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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ABC won an atypical Wednesday night in the Nielsen ratings, with repeat hours increasing as the writers strike continues.

The annual holiday special "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" led the 8 p.m. hour (a 3.4 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49, down 11% from last year), followed by lower-than-usual airings of "Private Practice" (3.8, winning the hour) and "Dirty Sexy Money" (2.4). NBC came in second in the demo, but first in total viewers with an on-par two-hour edition of "Deal or No Deal" (2.9) and "Life" (2.5).

CBS was third with an average "Kid Nation" (2.1), and repeats of "Criminal Minds" (2.5) and "CSI: NY" (2.7, and winning the hour against originals of "Money" and "Life"). In fourth, Fox aired repeats of "Back to You" (1.8), "Til Death" (1.8) and "Kitchen Nightmares" (2.6).

The CW had "America's Next Top Model" (2.3) and "Gossip Girl" (1.2).
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