03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

"Daisies" Blooms In Ratings, "Bionic Woman" Tanks

ABC's critically adored drama "Pushing Daisies" opened well Wednesday night, winning its hour in key demos and teaming with "Private Practice" and "Dirty Sexy Money" to lift the net to victory. Wednesday also saw a rather steep 30% second-week decline for NBC's "Bionic Woman," and a roughly 25% dropoff for the same net's "Life."

According to preliminary Nielsen national estimates that include live viewing plus same-day DVR playback, "Pushing Daisies" averaged a 4.2 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and 12.8 million viewers overall -- the strongest bow for any show premiering in the 8 o'clock hour this fall and the third best overall, behind just "Bionic Woman" and "Private Practice." It seemed to have an affect on other shows in the hour, as Fox's "Back to You" (2.4/7 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) and CBS' "Kid Nation" (2.4/7 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) slid further in their third weeks, while NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (2.8/8 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall) was up a tick week to week.

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