Despite our unadulterated love for "Lost," the show is losing viewers every week and is down nearly five million viewers from the same time last year.
According to early ratings reports, "Lost" pulled in 16.66 million viewers at 9PM, just 180,000 more than "Criminal Minds" over on CBS. Just a year before, the show pulled in 21.66 million viewers -- a 23% drop. To drive the point home, "Lost" lost nearly three million viewers from the last half hour of "Dancing With the Stars," the top show of the night with an average of 18.14 million viewers.
"The Nine" couldn't capitalize on the "Lost" momentum at 10PM, pulling in just 8.41 million viewers -- a drop of 3.5 million viewers from its premiere last week.
Bad news over at NBC -- with stiff competition ("Dancing," "Jericho" and MLB playoffs) running at 8PM, NBC's new Tina Fey comedy "30 Rock" finished third in the hour with 8.26 million viewers. "20 Good Years" premiered at 8:30 with just 6.97 million viewers.
Meanwhile on CBS, their freshman drama "Jericho" continued its strong run with 10.9 million viewers, a comfortable number considering it competes with "Dancing" every week.
Still, we're a month into the new season and there isn't a mega-hit in the bunch. "Ugly Betty" leads a solid, but unspectacular, freshman class after pulling in 14.26 million viewers last week.