TV Ratings: 'American Idol' helps FOX beat April fools on Wednesday
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 1, 2009.
Expect to see more hidden camera hijinks after the strong performance by CBS' "I Get That A Lot," but the April Fool's Day special wasn't enough to keep FOX down on Wednesday.
FOX averaged a 5.4 rating among adults 18-49, doubling up the 2.7 rating for second place ABC, which nipped the 2.6 rating for third place CBS. NBC was fourth in the key demographic with a 1.5 rating, holding off the 1.1 rating for The CW.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 16.34 million viewers in primetime to go with a 9.8 rating/16 share. CBS was second with a 6.4/10, well ahead of the 4.2/7 for ABC and NBC's 3.8/6. The CW was fifth with a 1.0/3.
CBS won the 8 p.m. hour with "I Get That A Lot," which had a 6.3/11 and also won the 18-49 demo. FOX was second with a 5.6/9 for "Lie to Me." NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" repeat took third, barely topping the 3.3/5 averaged by "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" on ABC. The CW's "America's Next Top Model" had a 2.8/5 in fifth (beating NBC in the 18-49 demo).
FOX moved into first at 9 p.m. with a 13.9/21 for the week's "American Idol" results show. CBS took second with a repeat of "Criminal Minds." ABC's "Lost" had a 5.5/8 for third, while NBC's "Life" had a 3.7/6 for fourth. The CW's "90210" encore was fifth.
CBS won the 10 p.m. hour with a 6.5/11 "CSI: NY" repeat. NBC's "Law & Order" repeat was second, while the series finale of "Life on Mars" got a small boost and did a 3.8/6.
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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