Fast National ratings for Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.

As badly as FOX's "Dollhouse" did in the season's first week, the second week still managed to hit a new low, as Joss Whedon's cult favorite begins to flirt with the 2 million viewer threshold. 

Meanwhile, CBS' procedurals had low numbers themselves, but still carried the night. Is it possible that that many people were watching the premiere of "Stargate Universe" on Syfy? [Hint: Perhaps not, but Syfy ratings will be out later.]

Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.7 rating for the night, nipping the 1.4 rating for NBC and ABC's 1.2 rating. FOX finished fourth on the night in the all-important demo with a 0.8 rating, just ahead of the 0.7 rating for The CW.

Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 7.69 million viewers to go with a 5.0 rating/9 share. NBC was a solid second with a 4.4/8. ABC's 3.2/6 took third. FOX had a 1.5/3 for fourth, edging the 1.2/2 for The CW.

CBS won the 8 p.m. hour with a far-lower-than-usual 4.9/9 for "Ghost Whisperer," which also managed only a 1.7 rating in the key demo. NBC's "Law & Order" was second with a 4.5/8. ABC's "FlashForward" repeat held third. The CW's "Smallville" and FOX's "Brothers" and "'Til Death" tied for fourth with a 1.5/3, but The CW had the advantage in both viewers (2.39 to 2.36) and in the key demo (0.9 rating to a 0.8).

NBC won a rare Friday hour at 9 p.m. with a 5.1/9 for "Dateline." CBS' "Medium" had a 5.0/9 for second, but won the hour with a 1.8 demo rating. ABC's "The Forgotten" repeat was third with a 2.6/5. FOX's "Dollhouse" had a 1.4/2 for the hour, averaging just under 2.1 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, the lowest in series history, below the 2.76 million and 1.0 demo rating delivered last week. In its second half-hour, "Dollhouse" fell to 1.99 million viewers. Presumably smart money says that the "Stargate Universe" premiere took a bite out of "Dollhouse," but that's pretty much pure speculation. At least "Dollhouse" beat The CW's "America's Next Top Model" repeat in all measures.

CBS moved back into first at 10 p.m. with a 5.1/9 for "Numb3rs." ABC's "20/20" took second. NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" was third with a 3.7/7 and a 1.4 demo rating.

 

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.