'American Idol' Makes It a Trifecta Thursday

Fast National ratings for Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008

Three nights of "American Idol" meant three straight ratings wins for FOX, with the last of those coming Thursday.

FOX averaged a 10.3 rating/16 share for the night to beat second-place CBS, 7.7/12, by a comfortable margin. ABC took third with a 5.3/8. NBC's 4.0/6 was good for fourth, and The CW trailed with a 1.8/3.

The adults 18-49 crown also went to FOX, which scored a 6.6 rating in the advertisers' favorite demographic. ABC, 3.4, edged CBS, 3.3, for second. NBC averaged 2.5 and The CW 1.2.

The "American Idol" results show earned a 13.4/21 for FOX at 8 p.m. "Survivor: Micronesia - Fans vs. Favorites," 7.3/11, put CBS in second for the hour. A repeat of last week's "Lost" was third for ABC, topping the 2.9/5 for an hour of "My Name Is Earl" on NBC. The CW aired a "Supernatural" rerun.

In a tight race at 9 p.m., a new "Lost" (7.7/12) led the hour in total viewers (13.5 million) and adults 18-49. FOX's "Don't Forget the Lyrics," 7.2/11, finished second in viewers even though a "CSI" rerun on CBS had a slightly better household rating. "The Celebrity Apprentice" drew a 5.2/8 for NBC, and a new "Supernatural" scored a 2.0/3 for The CW.

CBS took over at 10 p.m. thanks to "Without a Trace," 7.9/13. ABC's "Eli Stone," 4.6/8, beat out NBC's "Lipstick Jungle," 4.0/7, for second.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.