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Ratings: Touch Posts Second-Biggest Drama Debut of the Season

They can obsess about these numbers on Touch: Wednesday night's preview of the series that begins March 19 pulled in the second-biggest audience of any prime-time drama premiere this season. It was second only to ABC's Once Upon a Time, which reeled in 12.79 million viewers and a 4.0 rating among industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds on Oct. 23, and Kiefer Sutherland's TV comeback surpassed the debut of two other ballyhooed Fox shows this season, Alcatraz (9.97 million/3.3 on Jan. 16) and Terra Nova (9 million/3.1 on Sept. 26), according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Of course, Touch had the benefit of following American Idol, which was the night's most-watched show by far (despite its relatively lagging numbers), and kept 61 percent of its lead-in's viewership.

Douglas J Rowe

They can obsess about these numbers on Touch: Wednesday night's preview of the series that begins March 19 pulled in the second-biggest audience of any prime-time drama premiere this season.

It was second only to ABC's Once Upon a Time, which reeled in 12.79 million viewers and a 4.0 rating among industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds on Oct. 23, and Kiefer Sutherland's TV comeback surpassed the debut of two other ballyhooed Fox shows this season, Alcatraz (9.97 million/3.3 on Jan. 16) and Terra Nova (9 million/3.1 on Sept. 26), according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Of course, Touch had the benefit of following American Idol, which was the night's most-watched show by far (despite its relatively lagging numbers), and kept 61 percent of its lead-in's viewership.

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In prime time's final hour, the departure of Marg Helgenberger's Catherine from CSI: Crime Scene Investigationgave the show an uptick of nearly 20 percent compared with last week.

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8 p.m.
CBS: Criminal Minds [rerun]7.91 million viewers (1.7 demo rating)
ABC: The Middle [rerun]5.26 million (1.5); Suburgatory  [rerun]4.21 million (1.4)
Fox: American Idol 19.51 million (6.4)
NBC: Whitney 4.50 million (1.4); Are You There, Chelsea? 3.90 million (1.4)
CW: One Tree Hill1.47 million(0.7)

9 p.m.
CBS: Criminal Minds  13.70 million viewers (3.6 demo rating)
ABC: Modern Family [rerun]6.49 million (2.5); Happy Endings [rerun]4.02 million (1.7)
Fox: Touch11.87 million (3.9)
NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit  [rerun]3.75 million (1.2)
CW: Remodeled[rerun]659,000 (0.3)

10 p.m.
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation14.03 million viewers (3.3 demo rating)
ABC: Revenge[rerun]3.12 million (0.9)
NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit  [rerun]4.01 million (1.4)