Wednesday Ratings: American Idol and Lost lead night
Powered by the one hour American Idol results show, FOX won the night across the board. FOX’s 5.4/14 adults 18-49 rating/share led its closest competition (ABC) by 100%.
At 8pm, CBS got pretty decent results from I Get That a Lot (3.4/10, 10.3M viewers) and aired reruns of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY the rest of the night. NBC led off with a rerun of Law & Order: CI (which did much better than the canceled Chopping Block last week), the penultimate episode of the season (and likely series) of Life (1.5/4, 5.57M) and a rerun of Law & Order.
Over on ABC, Scrubs (1.9/6) outperformed Better Off Ted (1.8/5) and Lost (4.2/10) came in second to American Idol (8.1/20) at 9pm. Although Lost went head-to-head with American Idol, it was the second most-watched program with adults 18-49 for the night.
The series finale of Life on Mars seems to have rubbed a few viewers the wrong way (I was OK with how they wrapped it up) and came in second at 10pm (2.1/6) but keep in mind that it was up against repeats and these numbers also have a couple of minutes of Lost in them that will be pulled out in the finals.
Over on the CW America’s Next Top Model ranked number one in its time period among women 18-34 (3.0/10) and tied for second in adults 18-34 (1.9/6). ANTM improved over last week by 25% with women 18-34. I continue to wonder if reruns of 90210 are the best use of the ANTM lead-in. I know they want to build viewers for 90210, but it strikes me as a wasted opportunity.
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating/Share||18-34 Rating/Share||Viewers (Millons)|
|8:00||CBS||I Get That a Lot||3.4/11||2.3/8||10.34|
|FOX||Lie to Me||2.6/8||1.9/7||8.98|
|CW||America’s Next Top Model||1.7/5||1.9/6||3.94|
|NBC||Law & Order: CI (R)||1.3/4||.9/3||5.06|
|8:30||ABC||Better of Ted||1.8/5||1.7/5||4.71|
|CBS||Criminal Minds (R)||2.4/6||1.5/4||9.95|
|10:00||CBS||CSI: NY (R)||2.3/6||1.6/5||9.98|
|ABC||Life on Mars||2.1/6||1.6/5||5.86|
|NBC||Law & Order (R)||1.7/5||1.2/4||6.32|
Shows are sorted by Adults 18-49 rating in each time slot.
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