Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 14.

The season's penultimate episode of "American Idol" got a big Wednesday boost, while the fifth season finale of "Lost" didn't draw huge numbers, but it stayed stable.

Among adults 18-49, FOX won the night with a 5.5 rating, followed by ABC's 3.7 rating. CBS was third with a 2.8 rating, well ahead of the 1.5 rating for NBC and The CW's 1.2 rating.

Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 16.17 million viewers in primetime to go with a 9.4 rating/15 share. CBS was second with a 6.7/11, beating the 5.2/8 for ABC. NBC's 4.1/7 and The CW's 1.8/3.

FOX started the night in first with a 5.1/9 for the newly renewed "Lie to Me." ABC's "Lost" clip show and CBS' "Rules of Engagement" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" tied for second with a 4.2/7. NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" was fourth, beating the 2.9/5 for the finale of "America's Next Top Model" on The CW.

"American Idol" scored a 13.7/21 for FOX in the 9 p.m. hour. CBS' "Criminal Minds" was second with an 8.2/13, beating the 5.7/9 for the first hour of "Lost" on ABC. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was fourth, topping a "90210" repeat on The CW.

CBS won the 10 p.m. hour with "CSI: NY." ABC's "Lost" had a 5.6/9 in its second hour, winning the hour in the 18-49 demo with a 4.3 rating. NBC's "Law & Order" 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.



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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.