Private Practice Wins Wednesday Time Slot

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It's one of the TV season's newest - and already biggest - battles, so who won the first round of the ratings war between Grey's Anatomy spin-off Private Practice and the revamped Bionic Woman? It was rather close.

Let's just say that no matter how tough Jamie Sommers (Michelle Ryan) may be with her acute hearing and super-human speed, she's still coming up a close second to Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery (Kate Walsh).

Kate Walsh, Michelle Ryan

But the bottom line is that ratings for both shows' debuts were very successful - so much so that determining a winner is a very difficult task.

While Private Practice took home the overall bragging rights thanks to its 14.2 million viewers, helping ABC win the night, debuting with a 9.7 rating / 15 share at 9 p.m., Bionic Woman actually scored higher with the 18-49 demographic that advertisers covet. Bionic Woman brought in 13.6 million viewers total.

The third season premiere of Criminal Minds finished third in the time slot for CBS, followed by Fox's Kitchen Nightmares and The CW's Gossip Girl.

Can Private Practice and Bionic Woman keep the big audiences their debuts garnered? Regardless, it looks like these ladies have some staying power.

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i disagree with what you say. i thought that this episode was amazing..and compared to what grey's has been giving its audience lately, is actually much better. grey's hasnt been doing so well...and this show really makes up for it. in addition, i thought that the counting tiles patient was an amazing case. and i also disagree with what you say regarding the cast....the cast was amazing and i really like the characters on it.


Private Practice is such a disappointment. Too cute. No drama. Weak cast. Surfer/receptionist/midwife too silly for words - and instant proof of his earnestness with the delivery of the baby lacked any kind of authenticity. Judging amy character is boring - patient counting tiles on floor scene was tedious, not dramatic. Characters' foibles exposed too early with no redeeming qualities except physical attraction. They all seemed like people I would write off as exceedingly boring after talking to them for 2 minutes, including Addison, adn I loved her on GA. The beauty of GA was the gradual unfolding - just like you get to know a friend. All their warts aren't shown at once. You saw their strengths and weaknesses through their experiences and learned to love them all.
Addison was smart and sophisticated on GA. Here they are trying to make her Mary Tyler Moore or Suddenly Susan, or worse, Rhoda. This show is DOA.


There's room for both shows - it's not like they're on the same channel. Isn't that the whole point - to have great shows on EVERY channel?


Private Practice Quotes

Charlotte: My mom always says God doesn't give with both hands. You're young, beautiful, brilliant. There has to be something you can't have.
Amelia: Some days I'd give that all up.
Charlotte: That's just the craving talking. The longer you go without a drink...
Amelia: I drank at your wedding. I thought it was ginger ale. I spit it out.
Charlotte: OK, since then?
Amelia: Nothing, but I can't stop thinking about it.
Charlotte: It was an accident. Don't let a slip turn into a fall. Get your butt to a meeting.

Having a conscience is brutal.


Private Practice Music

  Song Artist
Song Lost The Mary Onettes
Down in the valley Down In The Valley The Broken West iTunes
Song Message From Yuz The Switches