CBS and NBC Tie For Wednesday's Ratings

Solid numbers from “Revelations” and “Law & Order” helped NBC grab a share of the ratings title Wednesday, although FOX led in the coveted 18-49 demographic.

NBC averaged a 7.5 rating/12 share, topping the 6.9/11 for FOX. CBS finished a solid third at 5.8/10, just edging out ABC’s 5.6/9. UPN was fifth at 2.4/4, ahead of The WB, 2.0/3.

Among adults 18-49, FOX’s 4.9 rating was by far the best. NBC was second with a 3.9, followed by ABC, 3.0, and CBS, 2.6.

ABC’s “Lost,” 6.6/11, managed to win at 8 despite the episode being a repeat. CBS finished second with “60 Minutes,” 5.5/9. A special edition of “Dateline” put NBC in third, just ahead of “The Simple Life,” 4.2/8, and “Stacked,” 5.0/8, on FOX. “America’s Next Top Model” managed a 3.0/5 for UPN, a bit better than The WB’s “Smallville.”

FOX’s “American Idol” posted a healthy 13.4/21 at 9 p.m., but its follow up, “Life on a Stick,” managed only a 5.1/8 at 9:30, giving FOX a 9.3/14 average for the hour. “Revelations” took a big fall from its premiere last week but still finished second at 7.6/12. “The King of Queens” and “Yes, Dear” managed 5.8/9 for CBS, beating the 5.6/9 for “Alias” on ABC. “Kevin Hill” kept UPN in fifth, and The WB continued in last with “Jack & Bobby.”

At 10 p.m., the debut of “Sopranos” star Michael Imperioli on “Law & Order” gave NBC a 10.1/17. CBS was second with a “CSI: NY” rerun, 6.2/10. ABC’s “Eyes” finished third at 4.7/8.

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