Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009.

Just as FOX's "Fringe" did a better-than-average job of holding onto its "American Idol" lead on Tuesday, the freshman drama "Lie to Me" drew extra well after "Idol" on Wednesday.

As a result, FOX dominated the night in the 18-49 demographic, doing a 7.3 rating. ABC was second in the key demo with a 2.8 rating. CBS and NBC's 1.9 ratings followed, while The CW trailed with a 0.4 rating.

Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 19.64 million viewers and an 11.4 rating/18 share. CBS was a distant second with a 5.2/8, followed closely by NBC's 4.5/7 and the 4.4/7 for ABC. The CW's 0.7/1 was a distant fifth.

FOX kicked the night off in first with a 14.9/23 for "American Idol," which averaged 26.26 million viewers. CBS was second with a 5.7/9 for a repeat of "Criminal Minds." NBC's "Knight Rider" took third, nipping ABC's "Lost" repeat and the 0.6/1 for a "Privileged" repeat on The CW.

"Lie to Me" carried the 9 p.m. hour for FOX with a 7.8/12 for the hour. ABC's new "Lost" was second with a 6.4/10. CBS took third the 4.6/7 for a Katie Couric special, nipping the 4.3/7 for the return of "Life" on NBC. The CW's "90210" repeat trailed.

NBC grabbed first in the 10 p.m. hour with a 5.8/10 for "Law & Order." CBS' "CSI: NY" was second with a 5.1/9. ABC's "Life on Mars" was third with a 3.7/6.

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



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.