TV Ratings: FOX's 'American Idol' controls another Wednesday
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 8, 2009.
FOX averaged a 5.2 rating, far ahead of the 2.9 rating for CBS and the 2.6 rating for ABC. The CW finished fourth with a 1.3 rating, leaving NBC's 1.2 rating in fifth.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 15.43 million viewers and a 9.2 rating/15 share. CBS was second with a 7.0/11. ABC's 4.1/7 was a distant third, topping the 3.3/5 for NBC. The CW's 2.0/3 trailed.
At 8 p.m. FOX's "Lie to Me" won the hour with a 5.3/9. CBS' "Gary Umarried" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" took second with a 4.6/8. NBC was third with a repeat of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." ABC's "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" averaged a 3.0/5 for fourth, edging the 2.6/4 for "America's Next Top Model" on The CW.
"American Idol" had a 13.2/20, romping in the 9 p.m. hour for FOX. CBS' "Criminal Minds" was second with an 8.4/13. ABC's "Lost" fell all the way to a 5.0/8. The season finale of NBC's "Life" was fourth with a 2.9/5, better than an "America's Next Top Model" clip show on The CW.
CBS moved into first at 10 p.m. with a 7.9/13 for "CSI: NY." ABC's premiere of "The Unusuals" did a 4.5/8, showing far better audience retention and numbers than "Life on Mars" in the same slot. A repeat of "Law & Order" was third for NBC.
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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