Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009.

President Barack Obama pushed this week's "American Idol" performance episode to Wednesday and FOX capitalized with a two-hour primetime romp.

FOX averaged an 8.9 rating in the hey 18-49 demographic, more than the combined totals for ABC (2.7 rating), CBS (2.7 rating), NBC (2.2 rating) and The CW (0.3 rating).

Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 24.25 million viewers and a 13.8/22. Again, FOX's viewership exceeded the combined totals for the other four networks and its ratings nearly did as well. CBS was second with a 7.0/11, followed by NBC and ABC, which tied with a 4.2/7. The CW's 0.6/1 hardly registered.

FOX kicked the night off in first with a 13.4/21 for "American Idol." NBC's "Biggest Loser: Couples" was second with a 5.5/9. CBS' repeats of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried" were third, nipping the tally for a "Lost" repeat on ABC. The CW's "Privileged" finale encore had a 0.7/1 for the hour.

"American Idol" improved to a 14.2/22 in the 9 p.m. hour. CBS was second with a 9.0/14 for "Criminal Minds." The competition pushed "Lost" to a 5.9/9, in third. NBC's "Life" had a 3.3/5 for fourth, leaving a "90210" repeat in fifth for The CW.

CBS grabbed the final primetime hour, doing an 8.2/14 with "CSI: NY." A repeat of "Law & Order" on NBC was second, holding off the 3.6/6 for "Life on Mars."

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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Dan-feinberg-med
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.