It’s one of the TV season’s biggest timeslot battles, so who won the first round of the ratings war between Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Private Practice and the revamped Bionic Woman? Let’s just say that no matter how tough Jamie Sommers (Michelle Ryan) is with her bionic hearing and super-human speed, she’s still coming up a close second to Addison Forbes Montgomery (Kate Walsh) and her dreamy fellow docs. While Private Practice got overall bragging rights with 14.2 million viewers (helping ABC win the night on Wednesday, debuting with a 9.7 rating/15 share at 9 p.m.), Bionic Woman scored higher with the advertisers-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, bringing in 13.6 million viewers–and posting the best performance so far of any new series premiere this season.
The third season premiere of Criminal Minds finished third in the timeslot for CBS, followed by Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares and the second episode of The CW’s Gossip Girl.
ABC was also bolstered by the three-night premiere of the new season of Dancing with the Stars, which nearly doubled the ratings of runner-up Deal or No Deal to win the 8 p.m. hour, while CBS’s CSI: NY topped ABC’s new Peter Krause primetime soap Dirty Sexy Money at 10 p.m.
As for returning series, Fox’s House has been one of the biggest hits of the season so far, pulling in 18.1 million viewers for its fourth season premiere Tuesday, winning the night overall for Fox and posting the best-ever ratings for Hugh Laurie‘s crabby doc without the assistance of ratings juggernaut American Idol.
On Monday, the DWTS premiere topped the night, followed by the season premiere of CSI: Miami in second place and the sophomore season premiere of Heroes in third.
The biggest question for the rest of this week’s TV lineup: How will the premiere of the fourth season of Grey’s Anatomy fare tonight (ABC, 9 p.m. ET)? Grey’s faces some tough timeslot competition from the season premiere of NBC’s The Office, which will finally clue fans in on what happened on Jim and Pam’s big date, and the season premiere of CSI on CBS, where viewers will learn the fate of seemingly doomed Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox).–Kimberly Potts
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