'Idol' Results Fuel FOX Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"American Idol" booted its first finalist Wednesday, leading FOX to a ratings win and giving "'Til Death" its best ratings ever.

For the night, FOX averaged a 9.4 rating/15 share. CBS finished second at 6.4/10. ABC, 5.0/8, edged NBC, 4.9/8, for third in households, although ABC had more total viewers. The CW trailed with a 3.1/5 (which includes a live NBA game in Chicago).

FOX also ruled the adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.6 rating. ABC took second with a 3.2, beating out CBS' 2.6. NBC averaged 2.1 and The CW 2.0.

"Bones" returned to the FOX schedule at 8 p.m. and won the hour with a 6.4/11. NBC came in second with "Dateline," 5.8/10. "Jericho" was third for CBS with a 5.1/8. ABC's "George Lopez" and "According to Jim" finished fourth, topping "America's Next Top Model," 3.7/6, on The CW.

"American Idol," 15.9/25, and "'Til Death," 8.9/14, combined to keep FOX on top at 9 p.m. CBS moved up to second with a "Criminal Minds" rerun, 7.1/11. "Crossing Jordan" drew a 5.1/8 for NBC. A repeat of "Jim" and "In Case of Emergency" averaged 3.4/6 for ABC. The CW aired a repeat of "Search for the Next Doll."

ABC took over the lead at 10 p.m. with "Lost," 7.3/13. A "CSI: NY" rerun posted a 7.0/12 for CBS, and NBC's "Medium" repeat came in at 4.2/7.

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