Two hours of American Idol dominated the night. In the shows I love but won’t be back department, first off, NBC’s Life. If it was on the USA Network with such numbers it still wouldn’t be the greatest, but at least it would stick around. It isn’t on USA network though.

Next up, Life on Mars which will go down in the finals even further once a minute or so of LOST is stripped out of it. Check out LOMs second half hour. Then have a good cry. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Update: thankfully the ABC PR team is much more skilled at finding silver linings than I am!  Life on Mars won the 10pm hour among men 18-34.

On the plus side, at least one show I watched (and really enjoyed) last night is holding up in the demos — ABC’s LOST.

Things also didn’t get any better for The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried, but at least Criminal Minds and CSI: NY had solid outings for CBS allowing CBS to finish second for the night.

Knight Rider fans might try to comfort themselves in the knowledge that,”hey, wow, did you see Life‘s numbers?!” But, sadly, that isn’t very comforting.

Last Wednesday’s ratings if you want to compare.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 FOX American Idol 23.20 8.5/23 7.4/22
CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine 7.06 1.9/5 1.2/4
NBC Knight Rider 5.29 1.3/3 1.1/3
UNI Soccer: USA vs. Mexico 4.98 2.2/6 2.2/8
ABC LOST (R) 4.21 1.4/4 1.4/4
CW Privileged (R) 1.20 0.5/1 0.6/2
8:30 FOX American Idol 25.37 9.4/24 8.0/23
CBS Gary Unmarried 6.86 2.1/5 1.3/4
UNI Soccer: USA vs. Mexico 5.53 2.5/6 3.0/8
NBC Knight Rider 5.51 1.3/3 1.1/3
ABC LOST (R) 4.58 1.8/5 1.8/5
CW Privileged (R) 0.97 0.4/1 0.5/1
9:00 FOX American Idol 25.09 9.8/23 8.2/22
CBS Criminal Minds 12.92 3.1/7 1.7/5
ABC LOST 9.70 4.3/10 4.4/11
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 5.09 2.1/5 2.4/6
NBC Life 4.77 1.4/3 1.2/3
CW 90210 (R) 0.89 0.4/1 0.6/1
9:30 FOX American Idol 24.84 9.9/23 8.4/21
CBS Criminal Minds 13.60 3.4/8 2.0/5
ABC LOST 9.83 4.4/10 4.4/11
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.90 2.0/5 2.3/6
NBC Life 4.66 1.4/3 1.2/3
CW 90210 (R) 0.98 0.5/1 0.6/2
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 12.91 3.4/9 2.2/6
NBC Law & Order 7.29 2.1/5 1.6/4
ABC Life on Mars 5.63 2.2/6 2.0/6
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.32 1.8/5 2.1/6
10:30 CBS CSI: NY 12.78 3.5/9 2.3/6
NBC Law & Order 7.76 2.2/6 1.7/5
ABC Life on Mars 4.66 1.7/5 1.4/4
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 3.91 1.8/5 2.0/6

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. Timeslot demo winners are in bold.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.


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