With an average of 9.6 million viewers, Wednesday's double-episode season premiere of ABC's George Lopez won the 8 o'clock hour, handily beating new time-slot rival E-Ring (with 8.3 million) and the So You Think You Can Dance finale (8 million), while Season 3 of One Tree Hill bowed with 3.8 mil. At 9, Lost and its 22 million fans beat the living Alvar Hanso out of the competish, including Criminal Minds (11.7 million) and the relocated Apprentice: Martha Stewart, which was up a hair with 6.5 mil. (If you're Jennifer Esposito's mom, know that WB's Related debuted with 3.2 mil, barely edging out Veronica Mars.) The 10-to-11 pm ratings race was the night's tightest, with CSI: NY digging up 14.2 million, Law & Order collaring 12.2 million and Invasion beaming up 12 mil.
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