Without ratings powerhouses Dancing With the Stars and Lost, a weakened ABC was feasted upon by the circling prime-time jackals.
Dancing replacement Show Me the Money, hosted by Wiliam Shatner, pulled in 2.2 rating in 18-49s, 7.7 million viewers overall, and Lost replacer Day Break scored a 1.8 rating, according to Nielsen overnights. Break has lost half of its audience in three airings.
The CW's America's Next Top Model scored an impressive 2.8 rating, with 5.8 million viewers overall, the best rating the new net has garnered this season. The new network--formed by the combining of The WB and UPN--predicts it will finish more than 7 percent ahead of where those nets were last year during sweeps.
Both CW's One Tree Hill and Fox's Bones also earned season-high ratings for the last night of fall sweeps.
At 8 p.m., Fox scored a 3.2 for Bones, with CBS netting a 3.1 for the fall finale of Jericho. The CW scored its 2.8 for Model, and NBC notched a 2.6 for Christmas in Rockefeller Center. ABC earned a 2.2 for Show Me the Money.
At 9 p.m., CBS scored a 5.0 for Criminal Minds. NBC worked up a 3.6 for The Biggest Loser, and Fox took 2.3 for a rerun of Bones. ABC's Day Break and the CW's One Tree Hill tied, each recieving a 1.8.
At 9 p.m., CBS took a 5.1 for CSI: NY. NBC earned a 3.0 for Medium, and ABC scored a 2.8 for 20/20.
Overall, CBS scored a 4.4 rating/12 share in 18-49 year-olds, with 14.8 million average viewers; NBC, 3.1/8, 8.9 million; Fox, 2.7/7, 7.5 million; ABC, 2.3/6, 6.5 million; and the CW, 2.3/6, 5.0 million.