<I>Dollhouse</i> Dollhouse

Has Fox successfully revived Friday sci-fi? The numbers have processed through my tricorder, and here are some of the major notes:

8 pm/ET
Ghost Whisperer topped the hour with 10.34 million total viewers, down a mil week-to-week. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was greeted in its new time slot by 3.7 million, a 30 percent plunge from its last (Monday) airing.

9 pm
Flashpoint placed No. 1 with an audience of 8.86 mil, slipping 13 percent from its last new episode. Fox's Dollhouse debuted to 4.7 million viewers — which just so happens to be what Joss Whedon's Firefly averaged over its short run — and placed No. 2 in key demos (behind Supernanny) and first among males (go figure). What was your first impression of the series? Tell us what you thought in the comments section. (Mind you, Episode 2 is markedly better, 3 has a nifty reveal, and No. 4 serves up a cool plot twist.) Also, read Daniel Aughey's in-depth recap of the pilot.

Friday Night Lights dropped 760K, to 3.46 mil.

10 pm
Diane Sawyer's 20/20 report on the children of Appalachia was the night's most-watched program, delivering 10.93 mil — the newsmagazine's largest audience since Sept. 2004. As such, Numbers settled for second with 9 mil, down 12 percent.