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Ratings: CBS' force field almost beats baseball

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Although Fox’s telecast of the World Series won Wednesday night’s ratings in terms of total viewership, CBS triumphed over the other major networks also airing original programming, thanks in part to a boost from The New Adventures of Old Christine, which drew in 8 million viewers. That’s the series’ best audience of its fourth season, even though it’s 20 percent down from last season’s average. Meanwhile, reliable procedurals Criminal Minds (14.7 million at 9 p.m.) and CSI: NY (14.2 million at 10 p.m.) easily won their time slots, while Gary Unmarried (7.8 million) saw a slight gain from last week.

ABC’s only good news last night? A ratings boost for Private Practice (7.8 million viewers), which reached 8 percent more patient viewers than its last new episode on Oct. 9. Dirty Sexy Money was down just slightly from its last episode, while Pushing Daisies wilted 10 percent from last week’s audience with 5.7 million viewers. All of NBC’s hour-longs suffered as well: Knight Rider (7.2 million viewers) dropped half a million talking-car enthusiasts from last week, while Lipstick Jungle (4.2 million, down 31 percent from last season’s average) saw its worst numbers yet for season 2.

The CW’s series debut of Stylista reached 2.5 million households, while America’s Next Top Model (4.4 million) enjoyed an 11 percent gain from last week. Somewhere, Tyra is smiling…with her eyes.

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