Ratings: Lost almost dethroned, NBC skids

It's criminal what is happening to Lost this season. Criminal Minds, that is.

The CBS crime series starring Mandy Patinkin has stealthily marched up behind ABC's island drama, coming within striking distance of stealing the show's spot at the top of the Wednesday night ratings pile. Last night, Minds came even closer, earning exactly the same amount of total viewers, 16.1 million.

In the 18 to 49 demo, however, Lost still ruled. Lost earned a 6.5 rating/16 share in the important 18 to 49 year-old demographic, while Minds scored a 4.5/11 in the demo.

Elsewhere, NBC's sitcoms suffered a loss of their own. 30 Rock and Twenty Good Years were down 19 percent from their premieres last week. With NBC Universal president Jeff Zucker saying today that the network is concentrating on cheaper fare such as reality and game shows for the 8 p.m. prime-time spots, 30 and Twenty may not be long for this world.

At 8 p.m., Dancing With the Stars on ABC hotfooted away with a 4.9, CBS's nuclear drama Jericho irradiated 3.1, Fox and NLCS baseball hit a 2.5, tying with the CW and America's Next Top Model, and NBC's 30 Rock and Twenty slunk in with a combined 2.2.

At 9 p.m., ABC and Lost scored a 6.5, with CBS's Minds nipping at its heels with a 4.5. Fox and NLCS batted a 3.3, NBC's The Biggest Loser ate up a 3.1, and CW's One Tree Hill sprouted a 1.3.

At 10 p.m., CBS and CSI: NY held a 5.0, followed by Fox and baseball at a 3.8, ABC's The Nine at a 3.2, and NBC's Dateline at 2.6.

Overnight averages in the 18 to 49 demo break down with ABC at a 4.9 rating/13 share, with 14.5 million viewers; CBS at 4.2/11, 14.2 million; Fox at 3.2/8, 10.4 million; NBC at 2.6/7, 6.7 million; and CW at 1.9/5, 4.0 million.

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Lost is a great show!! even my father is watching it(he can not understand English at all!!)!!!
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LOST is a great tv show, my father(who do not understand English) and i are watching it everyweek!! But there are too many scretes that had not been solved and it seems it can hardly goes to an end...
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As 'Brispy005' said. Its two totally different shows. I'm going to keep on watching Lost cause I really like it. Haven't been able to watch CM as much so I cant really comment on that, but will do as soon as I seen more of it.
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Lost and Criminal Minds are two completely different shows. Lost is an ongoing, longterm drama focusing on character development whereas criminal minds is a crime drama focusing more on developing each case rather than the characters. I agree that Lost is losing out because many viewers are finding it difficult to see an end to the ongoing plot. Criminal Minds is a season newer than lost and viewers are just now catching on to the interesting cases what the excellent writers have to offer. Lost, however, will not lose its viewer base because some people are bored with Lost's storyline. True lost fans will continue to watch it until they finish the story, and I am including most lost viewers in that. I personally like both and watch both cuz in Canada Lost is on at 8pm followed by Criminal Minds. ;) Guess you could say I am an example of a tv fan who likes both genres.
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Lost is one of the most overrated shows on Television

It doesn't even compare with Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds is so much better than Lost

bk108 as is Rocker103 are clueless, they has no idea what he's talking about
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Lost is still tops in the 18-49 demographic.



If you're complaining about Lost and switching over to criminal minds... chances are you are probably 50+ years old.
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If you're not watching LOST, you're not living.
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interesting
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Lost has been one of the most addictive TV show I've ever seen, and its my current No.1.
Not that Criminal Minds is not good, it is, but not as good as Lost is. And those who want to say otherwise, should start watching lost from its very first episode, because you haven't yet.
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Lost is a great show, but I agree with the others, Lost is being dragged out far beyond any other show, I believe that's why Criminal Minds is taking over. Criminal Minds is fun and you don't have to keep watching it to find out any answers if any answers exist. Criminal Minds is great, Lost is the samething over and over again. People who don't like these new terrific crime shows are obviously stuck on Lost, I did like Lost, however Lost is getting so boring now. GO CRIMINAL MINDS, COLD CASE, WITHOUT A TRACE, AND CSI'S!!!!!!
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LOST will NOT win forever !! I repeat: LOST will NOT win forever!! It will get lost one day when the viewers start to get bored!! Thank You!
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Ratings are overrated with TiVos and all that now. All that really matters is what you like.
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Shows shouldn't be pitted against each other based on their ratings. Survivor might be high on ratings but its so low on quality.
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I don't give a darn about ratings. A good show is a good show and deserves a chance to continue unless it has zero viewers. Lost is a good show & its doing good enough with the 18-49 demo. If a newer show is too expensive, fine don't make it & give to the cable networks or something. Lost is here & you should be loyal to it & its fans. Especially a show built on mystery that needs to get resolved at some point (heres hoping JJ has such a thing in mind & is not making it up as he goes). Reality shows are junk.
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I still love LOST
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I think this shows that the viewers... I included... are getting tired of so many mysteries on this island and would rather start seeing answers than drawn out mysteries that get "solved on the final episode of the season... when in fact its not solved... just produces more.

I havent watched this season yet, but plan on watching it when there is nothing on in Mid-November and December, but from what ive seen from commercials and what not... doesnt seem like they have answered anything yet. I could be wrong since I havent seen it... but I doubt I am.

Lost is their Cash Cow and they will keep it going for as long as they can... but at least advance the plot of the show... andswer some of the questions like the "monster" from season one who had a couple guest appearences in season 2... and move on with the plot. Seriously... I think its apparent that people are slowly getting tired of it.
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Lost has reached cult status now and will be abc's cash cow for a long time. The answers on the show will probably be revealed once its ratings falter. By then only the fan-boys and girls would care.
And by then, there would be Lost spin-offs like 'Found', where it follows popular characters from the show leading their profoundly affected lives after they got off the island.
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About time LOST is good against baseball finals for now till world series is on.



When american idol is on wednesdays , lost goes down a little bit on ratings
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I have liked Criminal Minds from Day 1. I'm glad more and more people are appreciating it!
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I've always been a fan of Criminal Minds :) I'm so thrilled it's finally getting the recognition it deserves. Keep it going guys!!!
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Way too much has been made out of the ratings this season. Lost still is solidly in the top 15 of shows, and the season is young. It has a young and hugely loyal fan base. This is extremely valuable for advertisers and give stability to ABC. Still ABC is winning Wednesdays, and even if it slips to #2 on the day, it will be a solid one. Lost is highly unrealistic but a lot of fun, and that's why people watch it - whether the die-hard interpreting every twist or the casual watchers just there for drama or sci fi fun. A friend's, http://www.lostexposed.com/ .
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People say the show is dragging its self out. Its only on season 3. Lost is still a great show. With great storylines and characters. It is one of the best shows of our time. The writers do know what they are doing. Have faith that the show will stay good and will end good. Stop complaining and just enjoy the show.
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The way i see it, this weeks LOST was a stepping stone, a stepping stone to some major cliffhangers this season. You could see that Locke had returned to hes old spiritual self, and hes keen to patch things up. Since Locke has caused a lot of problems i can foresee a big couple weeks coming up for LOST, which, with any luck, will help boost its ratings again to where it should be, (On top)
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I guess I should be glad Lost managed to be popular for a good amount of time as it had. The producers recently said that the story will wrap up when they decide it would wrap up, good ratings or not. Maybe that would mean at least another season or two so it would at least reach the magic 100 neaded for syndication...
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fight lost fight!
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Criminal Minds nipping at Lost's heels can only be good for both shows.

The people on Criminal Minds will continue the good work they have been doing.

And the people working on Lost will get a well-deserved kick up their behind and hopefully this will translate into better storylines.
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uh, kiranks1984, did you miss wednesday's episode or something?
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The previous episode of Lost was good.
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Those who are watching LOST regularly will be disappointed when the series ends coz i bet even the writers dont have the answers. They are dragging the story too much. The bottomline is there are no answers to wat is happening. they r changing the story evry season. If i remember correctly there was a big white bear in 1st season. wat happened to it??????????? Suddenly THE OTHERS came from nowhere. Next season someone else will come. So there is no end to LOST. The viewers will be lost at the end. Let us see for how many seasons they will drag this show.
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I really REALLY hope that Criminal minds never beats Lost, it's bad enough that they're coming close at all!
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Criminal Minds sets up intriguing cases. That's what makes it so hot.
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LOOOOOST!!! IS THE BEST TV SHOW EVER!!! INCREDIBLE! PERFECT THEY'RE GENIUSES!! IF U LIKE criminal minds more than LOST is because your head is empty!!! LOST ROCKS!!!! PLZ HELP THE RATINGS! WATCH IT!
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Mandy Patinkin IS THE MAN!



I'm not a fan of Criminal Minds but I'm glad people are watching something with him in it. He deserves some kudos by now.
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LOST's episode was really good last night. Season 1 Locke is back!
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Lost really needs to step it up if it wants to stay on top. There's really only been 1 good episode of Lost thus far so I can understand why its losing viewers.
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I've liked Lost over the last three seasons, and when compared against Criminal Minds ( a show I've seen a few episodes of), it towers over it. Lost may slow down a lot and answer questions slowly, but it creates more suspense for the long run, not necessarily for the end of every episode. Criminal Minds is not bad, I suppose, but with Lost, it's something I've never seen, and every episode seems to introduce new questions, while I fail to sympathize with anyone in Criminal Minds, since it seems to be just another one of your standerd crime dramas.
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I watched Lost for the first two seasons and became so annoyed and bored with that show. Jack, Kate, and most of the others are some of the most annoying characters ever written. I strumbled into CM this season and it has become my FAVORITE show. #1 in my tivo season pass manager. I erased Lost this week. The characters on CM are excellent, Matthew Gubler is yummy! This is why this show is hot and Lost is going down the tubes. Clearly, thousands of other people feel the same way!
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"Lost" would be good as a daytime series. With 5 episodes a week they would have the time to develope the characters and move the plot forward, but as a weekly show you often have to wait 3 to 4 weeks to get answers. Season 2's ending was a complete let down for me. I guess I expected the Outsiders to be something else... anything else then what they turned out to be. We are into the 3rd episode of a new season and the castaways are still learning about the events of last seasons final episode. Another problem is the audience has to care about the character in the show. I think that is the reason the rating are going down, there are really no sympathetic characters left to care about.
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in the 18-49 demo, lost got a higher percentage of viewers, that is how they tabulate the ratings.
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lost is about the characters and practitly every crime drama is about how the victum feels which is usually some not very important guest star.thats why i like lost over crimminal minds. crimminal minds is also weird because at the end of nearly every episode their on this plane, and to me that is really random. i would hope that CBS gets rid of CSI and their other crappy crime shows. but they won't cause they won't have any good new shows to replace them.

also if they did pull their crime shows the network could become just like NBC.
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If Lost and Criminal Minds got the same amount of total viewers, why did Lost earn a 6.5 and Minds a 4.5? (So confused on how that works.)
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Nice, I actually started watching Criminal Minds when the new season began. Now, I prefer it over Lost, and can't believe how I chose to skip it when season 1 aired. Well, I guess I'll buy the DVDs next month. ;)
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bk108 It's all a matter of taste, that's why there are 200 channels on cable. Criminal minds is a terrific show and it's different from most cop shows. Mandy (Inigo Montoya) is excellent in the show. Lost is very good as well, but for some it's hard to watch because it's ongoing and missing a show of two can put you behind.
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hee hee, i forgot about inigo montoya. "Lost kill my father. Prepare to die!"
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Lost is soooooooooo much better than criminal minds. wtf is up with all of the procedural dramas anyway, they are trash. Csi (miami, Las vegas, NY) , cold case, ect they are all bad and so is criminal minds, LOST WILL GO ON AS A CLASSIC SHOW and criminal minds will not
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Lost is soooooooooo much better than criminal minds. wtf is up with all of the procedural dramas anyway, they are trash. Csi (miami, Las vegas, NY) , cold case, ect they are all bad and so is criminal minds, LOST WILL GO ON AS A CLASSIC SHOW and criminal minds will not
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Inigo Montoya!
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