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Updated Wednesday Ratings: FOX cruises with American Idol but Lie to Me weakens

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April 23rd, 2009

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC Uni NBC CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 5.2/15 2.5/7 2.1/6 1.5/4 1.5/4 1.2/3
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.9/12 1.4/4 1.8/6 1.4/4 1.1/3 1.4/5
Total Viewers (million) 15.59 9.55 5.35 3.78 5.79 2.60

With an hour of American Idol and CBS and NBC  in repeats, and a Lost clip show, FOX easily cruised to victory.  But there may be some unrest.  In the 8pm hour, FOX's Lie To Me pulled a 2.3/7 among adults 18-49.  That's noticeably down from the 3.0 overnight rating with the 18-49s that Bones pulled in the timeslot last week when CBS and NBC also ran repeats.

Still against the weak competition, Lie To Me still won the hour with 18-49s.  Scrubs with a 1.8, and Better off Ted with a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating were both down from last week.

In its regular timeslot,  but without a new episode of Lost as a lead-in, The Unusuals dropped to a 1.6 rating with 18-49s.  That's down from last week's 1.9 in the overnights, and  identical to its performance in a special Tuesday night appearance the night before. Update: an original airing of Criminal Minds ran at 10pm and dominated the hour for CBS.

Reality program ruled the night though, American Idol was still impressive with its adult 18-49 rating of 8.1.  America's Next Top Model is hitting the demo CW covets, women 18-34.  The CW won the 8pm hour with women 18-34 and won the hour with the overall 18-34 demo as well.  It was ANTM's best performance since the last cycle's finale on November 19.

Previous Wednesday overnight reports are available for comparison.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX Lie To Me 2.3/7 1.9/7 7.87
CW America's Next Top Model 1.9/6 2.2/8 3.97
ABC Scrubs 1.8/6 1.8/7 4.66
CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine (R) 1.4/5 0.8/3 5.19
NBC Law & Order: (R) 1.3/4 0.9/3 5.71
8:30 ABC Better of Ted 1.7/5 1.5/5 4.20
CBS Gary Unmarried (R) 1.7/5 1.0/3 5.54
9:00 FOX American Idol 8.1/21 5.9/17 23.30
ABC Lost (Clip Show) 2.9/7 2.5/7 6.99
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 2.3/6 1.4/4 9.75
NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 1.5/4 1.2/4 5.56
CW 90210 (R) 0.6/1 0.8/2 1.24
10:00 CBS Criminal Minds 3.5/10 2.1/6 13.55
NBC Law & Order (R) 1.8/5 1.4/4 6.11
ABC The Unusuals 1.6/5 1.4/4 4.97

Shows are sorted by Adults 18-49 rating in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. 

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