The network gambled with three new shows, all in a row, on Wednesdays.
In addition to Private Practice and Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money is hanging in there at 10 for ABC, as is NBC's 9 o'clock newcomer, Bionic Woman.
Not looking so hot on a busy night for first-year shows is CBS reality show Kid Nation, which has lost 1 share point each week since its debut, and Fox comedy Back to You, which also continued to decline in its fourth week.
Also carving out solid ratings are three non-scripted shows: Deal or No Deal on NBC, America's Next Top Model on the CW and Kitchen Nightmares on Fox.
According to Nielsen "live plus same-day" DVR estimates for Wednesday, Private Practice (4.9 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, 12.42 million viewers total) was up 9 percent week to week and won its hour by 3 shares over CBS' Criminal Minds (3.9/10 in 18-49, 14.55) and NBC's Bionic Woman (3.9/10, 10.28).In an hour in which all three networks could be pleased with their performers, Private Practice is the decisive leader in 18-34 with a series-best 5.0/14. Bionic Woman ruled in all male demos; and Criminal Minds was just a tick out of the 25-54 lead behind Private Practice and stood as the night's most-watched.
Also in the time period, Fox's Kitchen Nightmares (3.0/8 in 18-49, 6.37) was up for a second straight week, and CW's Gossip Girl (1.3/3 in 18-49, 2.80) was roughly flat, placing second in female viewers 12-34 (3.1/8).
Opening up the night, the second episode of ABC's new Pushing Daisies (3.7/11 in 18-49, 10.26) was down 14 percent from its strong premiere, but won in all key ratings categories; it held up best among younger viewers, retaining a solid 94 percent of its premiere-week age 18-34 audience.
Largely on the strength of Private Practice, ABC won the night in 18-49, 25-54 and 12-34 while CBS won in terms of total viewers.