Valentine's Day Viewers Heart 'Idol'

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Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007

The revelation of the top 24 singers on "American Idol" powered FOX to another ratings victory on Wednesday.

FOX averaged an 11.8 rating/18 share in primetime, scoring a good-sized win over CBS, 8.0/13. NBC finished third at 5.6/9. ABC was fourth at 4.9/8, while The CW trailed at 2.1/3.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's lead was even wider. It scored an 8.1 rating in the demo, more than double that of second-place CBS, 3.5. ABC took third at 3.3, followed by NBC, 2.7, and The CW, 1.5.

"Bones," 7.5/12, put FOX on top at 8 p.m. The clip show "Return to Jericho" earned a 5.0/8 for CBS. NBC's "Friday Night Lights" scored a better-than-average 4.8/8, topping "George Lopez" and "The Knights of Prosperity" on ABC. The finale of "Beauty and the Geek" drew a 2.6/4.

At 9 p.m., "American Idol" pared its field to 24 semifinalists, scoring a 16.1/24 in the process. CBS got a 9.6/14 from "Criminal Minds." NBC stayed in third with "Deal or No Deal," 6.3/9, while a repeat of "Lost" posted a 3.2/5 for ABC. The CW went with "One Tree Hill."

CBS took the lead at 10 p.m. with "CSI: NY," 9.4/15. With no lead-in to speak of, "Lost" managed only a 7.6/12, its lowest rating ever for a new episode. NBC's "Medium" came in at 5.7/9.

  • 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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