Updated Wednesday Ratings: Lie to Me outduels LOST
Though of course American Idol was the most watched program of the night, at 9pm, the series premiere of Lie to Me drew more viewers than the return of LOST. In the 9pm hour Lie to Me averaged 13.188 million to LOST‘s 11.656 million between 9pm-10pm. Lie to Me and LOST tied in the 18-49 rating for that hour, with a 5.2 rating.
But included in that mix are three minutes of American Idol (which averaged 25.43 million between 8p-9pm) and the news isn’t all great for FOX. Lie to Me averaged 14.996 million and a 5.9 rating among 18-49 year olds between 9p-9:30p, but only 11.379 and a 4.5 between 9:30p-10p (LOST actually beat it in the second half hour).
Either way Criminal Minds won the most viewers for the 9pm hour with 13.86 million, but with only a 3.5 rating among 18-49 year olds, it trailed both LOST and Lie To Me.
From 10pm-11pm the LOST premiere averaged 11.08 million and a 5.0 rating among 18-49 year olds. While the overall numbers for LOST are a bit lighter than I thought they might be, the 18-49 numbers are inline with predictions. It will be interesting to see where things shake out in the final numbers when the three minutes of American Idol that Lie to Me is benefiting from in the numbers cited here are stripped out.
Please note: all numbers listed here are not timezone adjusted (which is almost always the case with overnight numbers), but FOX has just released timezone adjusted numbers for its shows and wound up with 25.43 million for Idol and 12.37 million for Lie To Me.
Update: data table added.
|Time||Net||Show||Viewers (Millons)||18-49 Rating/Share||18-34 Rating/Share|
|CBS||New Adventures of Old Christine||7.44||2.1/6||1.3/4|
|ABC||LOST: Destiny Calls||8.48||3.4/9||3.1/9|
|UNI||Cuidado con el Angel||5.13||1.9/5||2.1/6|
|CW||13 – Fear is Real||1.36||0.5/1||0.7/2|
|FOX||Lie to Me (series premiere)||13.19||5.2/13||5.1/13|
|ABC||LOST (season premiere)||11.66||5.2/12||4.9/13|
|NBC||Law & Order: SVU (R)||5.57||1.7/4||1.5/4|
|UNI||Fuego en la Sangre||5.07||1.9/5||2.1/5|
|ABC||LOST (season premiere)||11.08||5.0/13||4.6/12|
|NBC||Law & Order||8.49||2.5/6||1.9/5|
|UNI||Don Francisco Presenta||3.47||1.3/3||1.3/3|
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