Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009
The naming of this year's "American Idol" semifinalists powered FOX to a dominant ratings win Wednesday night.
FOX averaged a 14.1 rating/22 share in households for the night, and its 24.6 million viewers were more than double the average for second-place CBS (7.0/11, 11 million). ABC, 4.0/6, edged NBC, 3.9/6, for third. The CW's rerun slate could only muster a 0.7/1.
FOX's 9.4 rating among adults 18-49 beat the combined total of the other four networks. CBS finished second in the demographic with a 2.9, followed by ABC at 2.6. NBC averaged 1.6 and The CW 0.4.
"American Idol" drew a 13.8/22 for FOX at 8 p.m. CBS led the also-rans with "The New Adventures of Old Christine," 4.5/7, and "Gary Unmarried," 4.4/7. "Knight Rider" scored a 3.4/5 for NBC, beating out a repeat of last week's "Lost" on ABC. The CW aired a "Privileged" rerun.
"Idol" improved to 14.4/22 at 9 p.m. "Criminal Minds" delivered an 8.5/13 for CBS. ABC moved up to third with "Lost," 5.7/9. "Life" earned a 3.2/5 for NBC, while The CW went with a "90210" encore.
With FOX done for the night, CBS took the lead at 10 p.m. with "CSI: NY," 8.2/14. "Law & Order," 5.1/9, took second for NBC, ahead of "Life on Mars," 3.3/5, on 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.
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