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Winners, Losers of New Television Season

(Posted September 24, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

After a long, slow summer, television viewers are sampling new programs and old favorites as fall's TV season begins. A look at how it's going:

WINNER: A solid critical buzz for "Everybody Hates Chris" brought viewers out in nearly unprecedented numbers Thursday for a UPN show that doesn't involve wrestling. An estimated 7.8 million people watched the premiere. Even more eye-opening: more viewers, and young viewers, watched the Chris Rock comedy than NBC's "Joey" at the same time. It's a long way from "Friends."

LOSER: NBC. Not only did "Joey" fare poorly, but a new season of "The Apprentice" with Donald Trump bowed with fewer than 10 million viewers. Fading "ER," with 14.4 million viewers, had its smallest season premiere audience ever.

EXTRAS: Viewers were eager for the return of CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," which had an audience of 29 million people. CBS premiered a new series, "Criminal Minds," in the time slot right after it and, with 19.6 million viewers, was the most-viewed series premiere of the season. However, that also means 10 million people turned the channel or turned off the TV after "CSI."

Source: Yahoo! News

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