Lost is back, and so are most of its fans.
ABC's enigmatic island mystery returned last night for its third season, with characters Sawyer, Jack, and Kate struggling in their new captivity with The Others. The show averaged averaged 18.5 million total viewers, down 25 percent from its season two premiere, but equal to its season two finale.
ABC's new drama The Nine slipped over 30 percent from its Lost lead-in, with 11.96 million. Alarmingly, the show "lost" viewers over the course of its hour.
At 8 p.m., ABC’s Dancing with the Stars averaged a 4.4 rating in 18-49s, followed by CBS and Jericho at 3.4, Fox and Bones tying with CW's America’s Next Top Model for 2.7, and NBC’s Friday Night Lights pilot reairing trickling in at 1.7.
At 9 p.m., Lost earned a 7.5, with CBS’s Criminal Minds at 4.1, Fox and a House repeat at 3.3, NBC’s Biggest Loser at 2.9, and CW’s One Tree Hill premiere at 1.4.
At 10 p.m., CSI: NY on CBS led with 4.9, with The Nine at 4.6, and NBC’s Kidnapped at 2.0.
ABC took the night with an average 5.5 rating and 15, followed by CBS at 4.1/11, Fox at 3.0/8, NBC at 2.2/6, and the CW at 2.1/6.