King of Queens was king of the night.
The CBS sitcom, returning with its ninth season premiere with two back-to-back episodes, scored a 3.2 rating with 9.5 million at 8 p.m. The 8:30 p.m. episode went even higher, with 10.2 million viewers and a 3.6 rating in 18-49s, according to Nielsen overnights. The numbers, while good, were down 11 percent from the show's eighth season premiere.
The finale of America's Next Top Model, with a 3.0 rating and 6.5 million viewers overall, helped the fledgling CW net to its highest ratings ever. The network actually outpaced the other nets in the 18-34-year-old demographic for most of the night, aided by season-high ratings for One Tree Hill.
At 8 p.m., CBS earned a combined 3.4 for the two The King of Queens. CW scored a 3.0 for the season finale of America's Next Top Model, and NBC earned a 2.6 for The Biggest Loser. Fox took a 2.1 for a Bones repeat, and ABC sixth with a 1.9 for Show Me the Money.
At 9 p.m., NBC scored a season-high 4.0 for The Biggest Loser. CBS earned a 3.9 for Criminal Minds repeat, and Fox took a 2.0 for another repeat of Bones. The CW scored a 1.9 for One Tree Hill, and ABC notched a 1.7 for the soon-to-be-departed Day Break.
At 10 p.m., CBS earned a 3.8 for a repeat of CSI: NY. NBC scored 3.1 for Medium, and ABC took a 2.7 for the first Primetime: Basic Instincts special.
Overall, CBS scored a 3.7 rating/10 share in 18-49s, with 12.2 million total average viewers; NBC, 3.2/9, 8.3 million; CW, 2.4/7, 5.2 million; ABC, 2.1/6, 6.1 million; Fox, 2.0/6, 6.3 million.