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Premiere week advantage: NBC (for now)

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Here are the premiere-night ratings for new shows so far in the adults 18-49 demo. Some of the shows have already dropped in their second week. As one network exec says, “Back to You is one of them and has to be the most expensive 2.8 demo in television.” (Stars Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton earn between $150,000-$275,000.)

Bionic Woman (NBC) 5.7 rating

Private Practice (ABC) 5.2

Life (NBC) 4.0

Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.7

Chuck (NBC) 3.6

Dirty Sexy Money (ABC) 3.6

Journeyman (NBC) 3.5

K-Ville (Fox) 3.3

Back to You (Fox) 3.1

Kid Nation (CBS) 3.1

Kitchen Nightmares (Fox) 3.1

Cane (CBS) 3.0

Nashville (Fox) 1.0

Nashville has already been bumped until October — a convenient way to avoid becoming the first cancellation of the season. But that’s not nearly as giggle-inducing as this hopelessly optimistic quote from another network executive: “3 (rating) is the new 4!” What’s next? Cancellation is the new pickup? Wait, we got that with Jericho.