The hype surrounding NBC's re-imagined series, Bionic Woman
, has done well for the show, as its premiere beat tough competition in the forms of Private Practice
, Criminal Minds, Kitchen Nightmares
and Gossip Girl
earned a 5.5 rating among adults 18-49, beating the premiere of the new ABC medical drama, which earned a 5.1. So far, Bionic Woman
is the highest-rated new series to debut this fall, and the highest-rated Wednesday-night series premiere for the Peacock since The West Wing
debuted in 1999. Additionally, the NBC series won the 9-10pm timeslot despite having a weaker lead-in than Private Practice
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experienced a 22 percent drop from last year, earning only a 3.5 rating. Kitchen Nightmares
went down 22 percent in its second week with a 2.4, while Gossip Girl
fell 25 percent with a 1.2.
served as a strong lead-in for the cop drama, Life
, which earned an impressive 4.1 rating. The figure was enough to capture Life the top spot for the hour, beating the season premieres of CBS' CSI: NY
and the debut of ABC's Dirty Sexy Money
ABC won the hour prior to Bionic Woman
, with the results show for Dancing with the Stars
earning a 4.0 rating. The reality competition topped CBS' Kid Nation
, NBC's Deal or No Deal
, FOX's half-hour comedies, Back to You
and ‘Til Death
, and The CW's America's Next Top Model
Overall, ABC was the big winner Wednesday night, though it edged out NBC by only a tenth of a point. The top two networks were, in order, followed by CBS, FOX
and The CW
. Moreover, ABC's Private Practice
topped Bionic Woman
in terms of overall audience.
is a reimagining of the 1970s series starring Lindsay Wagner. The new Jamie Sommers is played by Michelle Ryan
, most known for her role on the British soap opera, EastEnders
. The cast also includes Molly Price
), Will Yun Lee
, Katee Sackhoff
), Isaiah Washington
), Lucy Hale
(How I Met Your Mother, The O.C.
), Chris Bowers
), Miguel Ferrer
) and Mark Sheppard
airs Wednesdays at 9pm on NBC.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Week
(Image Courtesy of NBC)