'Law' on NBC's Side Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008

The return of "Law & Order" to NBC Wednesday brought the network a share of the ratings crown.

NBC won the night overall with an 8.5 rating/13 share. FOX came in second with a 7.3/11, with those numbers subject to change as the network aired live college football. ABC, 5.8/9, finished third, topping CBS' 4.5/7. The CW drew a 1.4/2.

FOX snagged the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 4.1 rating. ABC and NBC tied for second in the key demographic at 3.7. CBS averaged 1.9 and The CW 0.9.

"Deal or No Deal," 7.7/12, put NBC on top at 8 p.m. FOX's coverage of the Fiesta Bowl earned a 7.0/11. ABC's "Wife Swap" premiered to a 5.6/9, beating the 4.3/7 for the return of "Power of 10" on CBS. The CW trailed with "Crowned."

The "Law & Order" premiere scored a 9.1/14 for NBC at 9 p.m. FOX's college football improved to 8.0/12. "Supernanny" returned to ABC with a 5.7/9, keeping the Alphabet ahead of a "Criminal Minds" rerun on CBS. "Gossip Girl," 1.6/2, closed the night for The CW.

At 10 p.m., a second installment of "Law & Order" drew an 8.7/14 for NBC. The Fiesta Bowl dipped to 7.0/11 on FOX. Another hour of "Supernanny" ticked up a little on ABC, while CBS got a 4.3/7 from a rerun of "CSI: NY."

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.