Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 14, 2009.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 5.5 rating, well ahead of second place ABC's 2.6 rating and the 2.4 rating for CBS. NBC was fourth in the key demographic with a 1.5 rating, narrowly beating the 1.1 rating for The CW.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 17.13 million viewers and a 10.3 rating/17 share. CBS was second with a 6.0/10, followed by the 4.2/7 for ABC. NBC finished third with a 3.9/6, still far better than the 1.7/3 for The CW.
FOX easily won the 8 p.m. hour with a 6.9/12 for a new "Bones." NBC was well back in second with its "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" repeat, edging CBS' repeat of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried." ABC's "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" averaged a 3.2/5 for fourth, beating the 2.6/4 for The CW's "America's Next Top Model," which actually finished third in the 18-49 demo, beating both CBS and NBC.
"American Idol" delivered a 13.8/21 for FOX in the 9 p.m. hour. CBS got a 6.7/10 from a "Criminal Minds" repeat to finish second. ABC's "Lost" was third with a 5.4/8, while NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" repeat was fourth. A "90210" encore on The CW was well back in fifth.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.