There was an hour of American Idol, so naturally FOX led the night with a 5.5 rating with adults 18-49, with American Idol drawing an 8.0 rating and Bones drawing a 3.0 rating (and 10.76 million viewers) from 8p-9p.

Because Bones aired instead of Lie to Me, it’s hard to do completely direct comparisons to last week, but everything was up from last week, a bit, including American Idol.  TV watching in general was up a bit from last Wednesday.  Lost bounced (at least a little) off its series lows last week to a 3.9 in the demo.  The second installment of The Unusuals dropped from last week’s premiere of a 2.1 rating down to a 1.9 rating.  People said I was crazy for predicting the show would be canceled with only one data point, but now there’s two.

It’s still doomed.  The Unusuals 1.9 rating still contains a minute of Lost that will be stripped out in the finals and The Unusual’s second half hour wasn’t very solid, averaging only a 1.6 rating with adults 18-49.

NBC ran nothing but repeats of the Law & Order franchise with the SVU flavor at 9pm sandwiched in between Law & Order episodes.   The repeat of SVU outperformed last week’s season (and likely series) finale of Life.

Scrubs and Better Off Ted also improved from last week, but I’m not sure Scrubs’ 2.0 rating or Better Off Ted’s 1.9 rating are anything to cheer about, even if the performance was better than The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried.  Normally ABC would surely gloat about this victory, but since the CBS sitcoms were repeats…

I’ll update this post with the full data table sometime before 9:30am PT or as soon as I re-watch Hurley try to change the future so we’ll have a world that never had to endure any Ewoks!

Update: Table now added.  We  hear the CSI:NY at 10pm was the lowest 18-49 rating ever for an original episode with a 2.8.

Previous Wednesday overnight reports are available for comparison.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)2
8:00 FOX Bones 3.0/9 2.2/8 10.76
ABC Scrubs 2.0/7 2.1/8 5.30
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.8/5 1.9/7 3.76
CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine (R) 1.6/5 0.9/3 5.68
NBC Law & Order: (R) 1.3/4 1.0/4 5.57
8:30 ABC Better of Ted 1.9/6 1.9/6 4.72
CBS Gary Unmarried (R) 1.8/5 1.0/3 5.87
9:00 FOX American Idol 8.0/20 6.1/18 23.49
ABC Lost 3.9/10 4.0/12 9.01
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 2.5/6 1.5/4 10.51
NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 1.5/4 1.2/3 5.51
CW 90210 (R) 0.4/1 0.6/2 0.96
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 2.8/8 2.0/6 12.01
ABC The Unusuals 1.9/5 1.7/5 6.21
NBC Law & Order (R) 1.7/5 1.4/4 5.95

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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