NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" hit a new low Wednesday in the Buffalo market when it slipped to fourth place at 10 p.m. even though it only has two network competitors.
Leno's show had a 4.1 rating (representing 4.1 percent of area households) Wednesday on Channel 2, which was half of the lead-in it got from the premiere of "Law & Order: SVU" (8.2).
The season premiere of "CSI" on Channel 4 ( the local CBS affiliate) won the hour with a 14.4 rating. The premiere of ABC's "Eastwick" on Channel 7 had a 7.5 rating.
Third place at 10 p.m. went to Channel 4's 10 O'Clock News on sister station WNLO-TV with a 5.7 rating for the first half-hour.
Locally, CBS shows have been dominating the first three nights of the official new season. The Tuesday night premieres of "NCIS" (17.2), its spin-off, NCIS: Los Angeles" (16.1) and "The Good Wife" (14.3) were especially strong here.
ABC's new Wednesday night comedies, "Modern Family" (9.3) and "Cougar Town," (8.1), had strong openers on Channel 7. However, the audience for the second half of the Courteney Cox series "Cougar Town" dropped significantly, suggesting some viewers may have been offended by the risque content.
The best news locally for NBC concerned "Mercy," the series about nurses. The Wednesday premiere had a strong 7.8 rating on Channel 2 and beat the CBS comedies it competed with for second place in the time period behind the results show of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
WUTV didn't have much to sing about concerning "Glee," which Fox already has given a full-season order. Wednesday's episode had a 3.4 rating. However, the two-hour "House" movie had a strong 11.6 rating here on Monday.
Of course, the ratings of all shows can increase once viewership from DVRs and other time-shifting ways is added.
And demographics really tell the full story. They aren't immediately available here.
What did you think of the new shows that premiered this week and will you come back and watch their second episodes? After all, whether viewers come back is just as important -- or even more important -- than the ratings for the premieres.
-- Alan Pergament