Fast National ratings for Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009.

A special Thursday night "American Idol" results show helped FOX score a narrow win for the night and took a bite out of the ratings for CBS' "Survivor: Tocantins."

FOX won the key 18-49 demographic with a 5.7 rating, comfortably ahead of the 3.7 rating for CBS and NBC's 2.5 rating. ABC was fourth for the night with a 1.9 rating, while The CW's 0.7 was enough for fifth.

Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 15.27 million viewers and an 8.8 rating/14 share. CBS' 8.7/14 was a very tight second. ABC finished a distant third with a 4.2/7, beating the 3.9/6 for NBC and The CW's 1.3/2.

In the 8 p.m. hour, "American Idol" averaged an 11.9/19 for FOX. CBS' "Survivor: Tocantins" was second, with a lower-than-normal 7.1/11. ABC's "Ugly Betty" also took a dip, doing a 4.6/7 for the hour. NBC's "Secrets of the Furious Five" and "Kath & Kim" were fourth, beating the 1.4/2 for The CW's "Smallville" repeat.

CBS moved into first in the 9 p.m. hour with an 11.2/18 for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" lost more than half of its "Idol" lead-in, doing a 5.6/9, still tying "CSI" in the 18-49 demo. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" repeat was third, beating an old "Office" (3.3/5) and a new "30 Rock" (3.9/6) on NBC. The CW's "Supernatural" held onto most of its lead-in.

The 10 p.m. hour went to CBS' "Eleventh Hour," which had a 7.7/13. NBC's "E.R." was second with a  5.8/10 (and won the hour in the 18-49 demo). ABC's "Private Practice" repeat was third.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.


A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.