Fox swept an unusual Thursday night, thanks to the rescheduled American Idol at 8pm averaging 15.27 million viewers on the night a 5.7 adults 18-49 demo rating and a 4.6 adults 18-34 demo rating. Even though the competitive landscape was entirely different from last Thursday, CBS overall performance was almost identical, finished second in viewers and adults 18-49. NBC managed a second in adults 18-34, mainly on the lack of new ABC competition from 9-11.

Thanks to the Presidential Address on Wednesday, American Idol’s visit to 8pm Thursday was unwelcome by Survivor which was down about 10% in the demos from last week, and even less so by Ugly Betty which was down about 20% for its lowest original airing ever. My kids love the Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five short movie, but it went nearly unwatched. Kath & Kim was nearly as invisible at 8:30, hitting a series low.

Hell’s Kitchen got a big boost following Idol at 9pm, up 38% in its adults 18-49 demo from last week. There may have been a few minutes of Idol spillover in those numbers, if so, expect them to fall. The half hour breakdown for Kitchen was (10.5m, 4.5, 3.9 and 9.2m, 4.1, 3.6). It seems like CSI shares no demo viewers with Grey’s Anatomy, perhaps with the Grey’s repeat they all went to watch Kitchen, as CSI’s 18-49 demo was identical to last week. Without a new Office lead in, 30 Rock was well down from its last new episode.

Against a repeat Private Practice, ER was up sharply, 26% in the 18-49 demo, from last week. Eleventh Hour benefited less, up only 7% in the 18-49 demo. For the retentionistas in the audience, Hour kept 66% of CSI’s 18-49 demo. Without A Trace averaged 72% last season and was renewed.

Although it was without Idol, for comparison, here’s last Thursday’s overnight report.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/ Share 18-34 Rating/ Share
8:00 FOX American Idol 20.662 7.1/19 5.4/17
CBS Survivor: Tocantins 12.284 4.0/11 2.4/8
ABC Ugly Betty 6.787 1.9/5 1.8/5
UNI Cuidado con el Ángel 4.628 1.8/5 2.1/6
NBC Kung Fu Panda: Furious Five (movie) 3.991 1.4/4 1.2/4
CW Smallville (repeat) 2.102 0.7/2 0.7/2
8:30 NBC Kath & Kim 3.448 1.5/4 1.6/5
9:00 CBS CSI 17.825 4.3/11 2.7/8
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 9.872 4.3/11 3.8/11
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (repeat) 6.832 2.2/6 1.8/5
NBC The Office (repeat) 5.302 2.4/6 2.7/8
UNI Mañana Es para Siempre 4.257 1.8/5 2.0/6
CW Supernatural (repeat) 1.935 0.8/2 0.7/2
9:30 NBC 30 Rock 6.302 2.9/7 3.4/10
10:00 CBS Eleventh Hour 11.728 2.9/8 1.8/6
NBC E.R. 8.727 3.4/9 2.5/8
ABC Private Practice (repeat) 4.718 1.6/4 1.3/4
UNI Rosa de Guadalupe 2.957 1.1/3 1.3/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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