TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Results in FOX Win
Announcement of first three finalists draw 24 million
The first live "American Idol" results show of the season carried FOX to a healthy ratings win Wednesday night.
FOX averaged a 10.3 rating/16 share for the evening, easily beating CBS, 7.4/12, for the top spot (FOX had 6 million more viewers). ABC was a distant third at 4.6/7. FOX, 3.9/6, came in fourth, while The CW barely registered at 0.6/1.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 6.5 rating more than doubled the 3.0 for No. 2 ABC. CBS took third at 2.9. NBC averaged 1.7 and The CW a paltry 0.3.
The "American Idol" results show scored a 14.0/22 and 24.4 million viewers at 8 p.m., with no other network coming close. CBS was the best of the rest with "The New Adventures of Old Christine," 4.7/8, and "Gary Unmarried," 4.6/7. NBC's "Knight Rider" and a "Lost" rerun on ABC each drew a 3.6/6, with ABC grabbing a few more viewers. The CW aired a "Privileged" rerun.
CBS took the lead at 9 p.m. with "Criminal Minds," 9.5/15. FOX's "Lie to Me" took second in households at 6.6/10, but a new "Lost" (6.5/10) on ABC brought in a few more viewers. "Life" earned a 3.3/5 for NBC, while The CW went with a "90210" encore.
"CSI: NY," 8.1/14, kept CBS on top at 10 p.m. "Law & Order" scored only a 4.8/8 for NBC, but that was good enough to beat ABC's "Life on Mars," 3.7/6, 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.
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