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New shows arrive, but tried-and-true thrives in the ratings for the season's second week

NEW YORK — With nearly all the new fall shows on the air, viewers last week had a powerful response: We still like the old shows.

Maybe old habits are just hard to break. Or maybe viewers haven't yet stumbled on the freshman crop.

In any case, among the week's top 30 shows, only three were new series: ABC's highly anticipated "Pushing Daisies" (ranked 14th place) and "Private Practice" (17th place), plus NBC's "Bionic Woman" (26th), according to Nielsen Media Research.

Another five new series helped round out the top 40: ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money," "Cavemen" and "Carpoolers," CBS' "Cane" and NBC's "Life."

But it was veteran series in the winner's circle: CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was the most-watched show of the week, joined by two editions of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" as well as "Grey's Anatomy" and "Desperate Housewives," NBC's National Football League telecast, Fox's "House," and CBS' "NCIS," "CSI: Miami" and "Criminal Minds" in the top 10.

Overall for the season's second official week, CBS was the prime-time champ with an average of 11.41 million viewers (7.3 rating, 12 household share), while ABC averaged 10.78 million (7.1 rating, 12 share), followed by NBC with 9.24 million (5.8 rating, 10 share), Fox with 7.01 million (4.3 rating, 7 share), the CW's 2.91 million (1.8 rating, 3 share), My Network TV with 750,000 viewers (0.5 rating, 1 share) and ION Television with 440,000 viewers (0.3 rating, 1 share).

Among the Spanish-language networks last week, Univision averaged 3.23 million viewers (1.7 rating, 3 share). Telemundo had 960,000 viewers (0.5 rating, 1 share), TeleFutura 640,000 viewers (0.3 rating, 1 share) and Azteca 160,000 viewers (0.1 rating, 0 share).

In the evening news race, ABC's "World News" reclaimed the lead with 7.57 million viewers (5.3 rating, 11 share), edging NBC's "Nightly News" with 7.46 million viewers (5.2 rating, 11 share). The "CBS Evening News" averaged 5.67 million (4.0 rating, 8 share).

A ratings point represents 1,130,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 112.8 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

For the week of Oct. 1-7, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 20.97 million; "Dancing with the Stars" (Monday), ABC, 20.21 million; "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 18.51 million; Football: Chicago at Green Bay, NBC, 18.30 million; "Desperate Housewives," ABC, 17.82 million; "House," Fox, 17.44 million; "NCIS," CBS, 16.43 million; "Dancing with the Stars" (Tuesday), ABC, 15.90 million; "CSI: Miami," CBS, 14.72 million; "Criminal Minds," CBS, 14.56 million.


ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is a division of CBS Corp. Fox is a unit of News Corp. NBC is owned by General Electric Co. Telemundo is owned by General Electric. TeleFutura is a division of Univision. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.