TV Ratings: 'Idol' Hands FOX a Wednesday Win
Otherwise quiet night means little competition for FOX
With main competitor CBS resting its two dramas Wednesday, FOX had little trouble in sewing up a big ratings win for the night.
FOX averaged an 11.4 rating/18 share in primetime, more than doubling the audience for No. 2 CBS, 5.2/8. NBC, 4.5/7, finished third in households, but ABC, 4.4/7, had more total viewers. The CW registered a negligible 0.7/1.
The story was similar in the adults 18-49 demographic, where FOX's 7.3 rating leading the field by a wide margin. ABC finished second at 2.8. CBS and NBC tied for third at 1.9, and The CW was well back at 0.4.
"American Idol" ruled the 8 p.m. hour with a 14.9/23. A "Criminal Minds" rerun on CBS took second with a 5.7/9. NBC's "Knight Rider," 3.2/5, edged a repeat of last week's "Lost," 3.1/5, for third. The CW aired a "Privileged" rerun.
FOX stayed on top at 9 p.m. with "Lie to Me," 7.8/12. ABC moved up to second with "Lost," 6.4/10, and tied FOX for the 18-49 lead for the hour. A Katie Couric Grammy Awards special on CBS drew a 4.6/7. The return of "Life" to NBC was close behind at 4.3/7. The CW finished its evening with a "90210" repeat.
At 10 p.m., "Law & Order" (5.8/10) grabbed the lead for NBC. A "CSI: NY" rerun on CBS scored a 5.1/9, while "Life on Mars" earned a 3.7/6 for ABC.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
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