Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009.

FOX's two-hour "American Idol" revealing the season's Top 36 contestants drew big numbers on Wednesday, helping the network crush the competition.

In the key 18-49 demographic, FOX averaged a 9.4 rating, beating the combined totals for CBS (2.9), ABC (2.6), NBC (1.6) and The CW (0.4) combined.

FOX also exceeded the combined audiences of the competition, averaging an estimated 24.6 million viewers with a 14.1 rating/22 share. CBS was a distant second with a 7.0/11 and third place ABC was well back with a 4.0/6. NBC's 3.6/6 and the 0.7/1 for The CW followed.

In the 8 p.m. hour, FOX got a 13.8/22 for "American Idol." CBS could muster only a 4.4/7 for "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried." NBC's "Knight Rider" was third with a 3.4/5, better than a repeat of "Lost" on ABC or the 0.7/1 for a repeat of "Privileged" on The CW.

FOX stayed in front at 9 p.m. with a 14.4/22 for "American Idol." CBS' "Criminal Minds" did an 8.5/13, trouncing the 5.7/9 for "Lost" on ABC. NBC's "Life" had a 3.2/5 for fourth, better than The CW's "90210" repeat. 

CBS moved into first in the 10 p.m. hour with an 8.2/14 for "CSI: NY." NBC's "Law & Order" was will back in second, still comfortably ahead of the 3.3/5 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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