Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 22, 2009.
FOX's "American Idol" double-elimination delivered enough ratings might in the 9 p.m. hour to give the network an easy win on Wednesday night.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 5.2 rating, doubling up (and then-some) the 2.5 rating for second-place CBS in the key demographic. ABC was a close third with a 2.1 rating, followed by the 1.5 rating for NBC and The CW's 1.2 rating.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 15.59 million viewers and a 9.4 rating/15 share. CBS was well back in second with a 6.3/10. NBC's 4.0/7 and the 3.5/6 for ABC topped the 1.8/3 for fifth place CW.
FOX got a 5.1/9 from "Lie to Me" to win the 8 p.m. hour. NBC's "Law & Order" repeat was second, nipping CBS' repeats of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried." ABC took fourth with the 2.9/5 averaged by "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted," which edged the 2.7/5 for "America's Next Top Model" on The CW. Note that The CW's reality hit finished second in the hour in the 18-49 demo.
"American Idol" had a 13.7/21 to dominate the 9 p.m. hour for FOX. CBS was a distant second with a 6.4/10 for a "Criminal Minds" repeat. ABC's "Lost" clip show was third with a 4.2/7, nipping the 3.8/6 for a "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" repeat on NBC. The CW's encore of "90210" trailed.
CBS won the 10 p.m. hour with an 8.9/15 for a new "Criminal Minds" in a special time. NBC's "Law & Order" repeat had no trouble taking second, leaving the 3.5/6 for ABC's "The Unusuals" in the dust.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
Stay up to date with the latest breaking news in the worlds of movies, TV and music by signing up for HitFix E-mail Alerts.