Chris Daughtry

Chris Daughtry

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 10, 2006

FOX rode a surprising "American Idol" elimination to another ratings win Wednesday night, beating back NBC and CBS to keep the top spot.

For the night, FOX averaged an 8.9 rating/14 share, beating out NBC's 8.4/13 and CBS' 7.9/12. ABC took fourth with a 6.4/10. UPN, 2.5/4, came in fifth, while The WB hardly registered with a 0.8/1.

FOX had a wider lead among adults 18-49, where it scored a 5.9 rating. NBC was second with a 4.2, edging ABC's 4.1. CBS wasn't far back in fourth with a 3.8. UPN averaged 1.7 and The WB 0.4.

The 8 p.m. hour belonged to NBC and "Deal or No Deal," which posted a 9.5/15. "Bones" was second for FOX at 5.9/10, beating "The Amazing Race," 5.5/9, on CBS. ABC finished fourth with "Alias." The penultimate episode of "America's Next Top Model" delivered a 3.3/5 for UPN. The WB's "Bedford Diaries" trailed.

The elimination of Chris Daughtry on "American Idol," 15.8/23, and the finale of "Unan1mous," 8.2/12, moved FOX into the lead at 9 p.m. ABC jumped up to second as "Lost" delivered a 9.5/14. The season finale of "Criminal Minds" scored an 8.4/12 for CBS. NBC got a 6.9/10 from a "Dateline" special. Two reruns of "Girlfriends" kept UPN in front of a second hour of "The Bedford Diaries" on The WB.

"CSI: NY" led at 10 p.m., scoring a 9.8/16 for CBS. "Law & Order" posted a better-than-usual 8.7/14 for NBC. The final few minutes of "Lost" and "Invasion" averaged 5.5/9 for ABC.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.