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Ratings: Moonlight Can't Come Close to Home

Numbers was Friday night's top-rated program with 9.16 million total viewers, a 20 percent plunge from its year-ago season premiere. In a close second was Las Vegas, whose two-hour opener averaged 9.12 mil (just a Tom Selleck mustache hair off last year's). Like Numbers, Ghost Whisperer (8.65 mil) was down — 14 percent — from last fall's premiere. CBS' new 9 o'clock Friday series, Moonlight, was sampled by 8.63 mil, demonstrating solid retention out of J.Love yet coming up well short of underappreciated time-slot predecessor Close to Home's most recent opener (in both total viewers and key demos). Can't blame it on a lack of online advertising.Fox's K-Ville "encore" was watched by 2.6 mil, better than the numbers Nashville was putting up.Saturday's "controversial" Heroes rebroadcast drew about 3.6 mil, I hear, but the actual tally of unique, nonduplicated viewers (to be added to last Monday's audience) isn't expected until Tuesday.

Matt Mitovich
Numbers was Friday night's top-rated program with 9.16 million total viewers, a 20 percent plunge from its year-ago season premiere. In a close second was Las Vegas, whose two-hour opener averaged 9.12 mil (just a Tom Selleck mustache hair off last year's). Like Numbers, Ghost Whisperer (8.65 mil) was down - 14 percent - from last fall's premiere. CBS' new 9 o'clock Friday series, Moonlight, was sampled by 8.63 mil, demonstrating solid retention out of J.Love yet coming up well short of underappreciated time-slot predecessor Close to Home's most recent opener (in both total viewers and key demos). Can't blame it on a lack of online advertising. Fox's K-Ville "encore" was watched by 2.6 mil, better than the numbers Nashville was putting up. Saturday's "controversial" Heroes rebroadcast drew about 3.6 mil, I hear, but the actual tally of unique, nonduplicated viewers (to be added to last Monday's audience) isn't expected until Tuesday.