|Scoreboard for Weds. April 9, 2008|
|Total Viewers (million)||17.60||10.47||6.99||6.18||2.15|
|Rating/Share: Adults 18-49||6.7/18||2.8/7||1.9/5||2.2/6||1.0/3|
American Idol's second annual Idol Gives Back telethon dominated the broadcast spectrum from 8pm-10pm with 17.60 million viewers and a 6.7/18 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. FOX cruised to another nightly victory, but if you had any doubt that a telethon is not as popular as the regular talent show, doubt no more. The last time a 2 hour edition of AI appeared on a Wednesday this season (Feb 20, 2008), Idol drew in 28.67 million and had an 11.1/27. Still, pulling in close to 18 million viewers for a telethon and winning the night anyway is an impressive show of dominance.
Other than Big Brother at 8pm and its lackluster showing, CBS fared very nicely with new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY. Minds drew over 13 million viewers and a 3.3/8 in the 18-49 demographic which led CBS to second place finishes overall, and in the 18-49 demo.
Over on ABC, Wife Swap couldn't draw even five million, and fared well under a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 age demo. Supernanny cracked the 5 million mark, but not 6 million, althou at least it did better than a 2.0 rating in the demo. ABCs most watched show of the night was Primetime: The Last Lecture - A Love Story For Your Life, drawing over 8.2 million and a 2.7/7 in the 18-49 category.
Other than Deal or No Deal, which drew over 9.6 million and a 2.4/7 in the 18-49 demo, NBC ran with repeats of Law & Order: CI, and Law & Order
See Wednesday night's full details:
|Time||Network||Show||Viewers (Millons)||18-49 Rating/Share||HH Rating|
|NBC||Deal or No Deal||9.61||2.4/7||6.3|
|CW||Americas Next Top Model (Repeat)||2.41||1.1/3||2.1|
|FOX||American Idol: Idol Gives Back (8p-10p)||17.6||6.7/18||10.9|
|NBC||Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R )||5.16||1.5/4||4.1|
|CW||Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious (Repeat)||1.88||0.9/2||1.7|
|10:00||ABC||Primetime: The Last Lecture?||8.21||2.7/7||6.2|
|NBC||Law & Order (Repeat)||6.19||1.8/5||4.8|
Nielsen Ratings Source: Nielsen Media Research. Full night's results available via Marc Berman/Mediaweek.
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