Ratings: Lost returns

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.

Check out TV.com's Lost chat to discuss the show, and read what show creator J.J. Abrams had to say about the show.

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.

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bones!! :)
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the trouble with Lost and the Nine, as well as Kidnapped, is that they stretch the stories out. at least with Criminal Minds and CSI NY if it's not wrapped at the end of the hour, you know it will be the next week. so it's no shock that folks are falling off. especially from Lost, they are just tired of more and more questions. frankly, Kidnapped was hit the same basic plot as Vanished (although the characters are K are much more interesting) and a bad slot. but they did have one thing that they almost got right. 13 episodes. the producers actually wrote a 13 ep outline and a full 22. so when NBC said 'you ain't getting the last nine' to them last week they could tell the whole story. frankly I think they should have done that from the start. make it only 13 eps. then all the viewers that were sick of this 6 season drag out would know that they have only 13 weeks before everything is wrapped up and then next season is a brand new kidnapping tale. of course there is still time for that game plan, if they get lucky and the ratings blow up on Saturday (what are the odds, slim to none, but who knows)
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All you detractors gotta be kidding me! Lost has always been a show where the parts are less important than the whole. It's never been about action but about people. They're setting the stage for some awesome story telling. If you want instant gratification, watch one of those mindless crapcrime dramas where they wrap everything up in 60 minutes! Lost bashers get lost!
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Lost is just silly. I would have perferred a series about plane crash survivors without the OTT mumbo-jumbo. Sure it would have been a short series (maybe even mini) but at least I would have stuck with it.



People watched it for it's post-9/11 paranoia. Then it just revealed itself as a barmy mystery that can never live-up to viewer expectations. Hence why they switch off every week.
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LOST is losing it very fast!!!
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god the lost premiere was soo boring....not gonna be surprised if they ratings take a plunge next week
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CSI NY is awesome.
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i dunno, that was a pretty boring season preem imho...
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