As Dancing with the Stars' Wednesday outing set another season high (of 20.65 million total viewers)....

- CBS' Jericho, whose season was just cleaved into two repeat-free halves, held steady (with 9.79 million viewers).
- America's Next Top Model (5.4 mil) had one of its best outings of the season.
- Criminal Minds (17.538 million) bested Lost (17.102 mil, up a mil from the week prior) for a second straight time. (And for the last time, until February 7, 2007.)
- The O.C., with a special airing, was welcomed back to Wednesday by 3.53 million, only a hair more than saw last Thursday's disappointingly sampled season opener, and was outperformed by One Tree Hill in key female demos.
- The Nine (7.57 mil) surged 900,000 viewers, yet still fell shy of reclaiming the 10 o'clock hour's No. 2 slot, from Dateline.