ABC's Lost, which aired a cliff-hanger episode as it went off the air for 13-weeks, scored a 7.0 ratings in 18 to 49s and saw a viewership bump, according to Nielsen overnights. CBS's Criminal Minds trailed with a 5.2 rating, but Minds again beat Lost in total viewers, with 17.5 million to Lost's 17.1 million.
Lost's viewership jump is welcome news to ABC--the season-three premiere scored 18.5 million viewers, down 25 percent from the season-two finale, and the show had been leaking viewers since, down to 16.1 million viewers last week. Lost returns in February with an unbroken run of all-new episodes.
On Fox, The O.C. crept up a little from its season-four premiere. The show was watched 3.52 million viewers, compared to 3.38 million last week. This week, Fox announced it would try to slowly migrate O.C. to Wednesday nights in an effort to shore up ratings.
At 8 p.m., ABC and Dancing With the Stars scored a 5.2. CBS's Jericho drew a 3.0, Fox's Bones came in with a 2.8, and NBC's Biggest Loser and CW's America's Next Top Model tied with 2.6 each.
At 9 p.m., Lost went out with a 7.0, CBS's Criminal Minds earned its 5.1, NBC's Biggest Loser ate up a 3.6, and O.C. and The CW's One Tree Hill tied with 1.5 each.
At 10 p.m., CBS's CSI: NY arrested a 5.4. ABC's The Nine and NBC's Dateline tied with 3.0 each.
Overall, ABC earned a 5.1 rating/13 share in 18 to 49s, averaging 15.1 million viewers; CBS, 4.5/12, 14.7 million; NBC, 3.0/8, 7.6 million; Fox, 2.2/5, 5.5 million; CW, 2.1/5, 4.5 million.