Lee Pace and Chi McBride by Scott Garfield/ABC
This Wednesday's ratings recap:

8 pm/ET
ABC's Pushing Daisies pushed all comers to the side, premiering to 12.83 million total viewers and also dominating in the key demos. Deal or No Deal placed second (with 11 mil), followed by Kid Nation (7.5 mil, down another 110 thou) and Fox's sitcombo of Back to You (6.58 mil, down a mil) and 'Til Death (holding steady with 6.22 mil). Top Model (4.52 mil) dropped another 330K.

9 pm
Surging 1.7 mil from its season premiere, Criminal Minds came out on top with 14.4 million viewers (albeit a No. 3 finish in demos). Private Practice (12.3 mil) dipped 15 percent from its debut yet stayed on top of Bionic Woman (10.94 mil), which itself slipped 19 percent. Gossip Girl (2.8 mil) got people talking again, inching up a quarter-mil.

10 pm
CSI: NY won the hour with the same tally as last week, 12.7 mil. ABC's Dirty Sexy Money saw 670,000 cash out yet kept ahead of NBC's listing Life, which with 8.8 mil was down 13 percent.