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October 3, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 3, 2008 |

Wednesday’s season premiere of “Pushing Daisies” bombed. Clearly, ABC’s decision not to bring the show back after the writer’s strike has eroded interest. It was a great episode; nevertheless, the show dropped 55 percent from its debut last year, landing in fourth place in its timeslot, representing the steepest decline for any new show this season. And, unless it turns around soon, “Pushing Daisies” may be put on death watch. For “Wonderfalls” fans, however, let’s just hope that “Daisies” makes it to episode 8, where Bryan Fuller (creator/writer of both shows) has a “Wonderfalls” crossover show set to air.

Hope is not completely lost, however. Though “Pushing Daisies,” landed with the hardest thud on Wednesday, the rest of the network slate didn’t fare much better. “Private Practice” fell 37 percent from last year (third in its timeslot) and “Dirty Sexy Money” dropped 33 percent (second in its timeslot). “Knight Rider” landed in third, but kept most of its audience from last week, which means it’ll probably be around at least until mid-season. “Bones” won its time slot. And, FYI: “Chuck” fell on Monday, but not precipitously.

For the curious: CBS won Wednesday night, with its crappy slate of comedies (“New Adventures of the Old Christine” and “Gary Unmarried”) followed by its stale procedurals, “CSI: NY” and “Criminal Minds.”

Pushing Daisies Takes Literal Turn in the Ratings

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Industry | October 3, 2008 |

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