TV Ratings: Wednesday goes FOX's way

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wednesday's ratings followed their usual script, with "American Idol" carrying FOX to the top spot by a good-sized margin.

FOX averaged a 9.6 rating/15 share in primetime to finish well ahead of CBS, 5.8/9. ABC came in third at 4.4/7, followed by ABC at 3.6/6. The CW scored a 2.6/4.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 5.7 rating was nearly double the 2.9 for second-place ABC. CBS took third with a 2.2, followed by The CW, 1.8, and NBC, 1.5.

The "American Idol" results show, which included the announcement of the wild-card contestants performing tonight, drew a 13.1/21 at 8 p.m. and blew away everything else on the air. The season finale of "Knight Rider" on NBC was the best of the rest at 3.6/6, drawing slightly more total viewers than reruns of "Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried" on CBS. A "Lost" rerun on ABC earned a 3.2/5. The return of "America's Next Top Model" (2.3/4) to The CW represented a big improvement over the net's recent rerun fare.

In a fairly quiet 9 o'clock hour, CBS' "Criminal Minds" rerun led in households with a 6.6/10, but "Lost," 6.3/10, brought more viewers to ABC. FOX's "Lie to Me" finished a close third at 6.2/10. "Life" kept NBC just ahead of The CW and "Top Model," which improved to 3.0/5.

CBS took the lead at 10 p.m. with a "CSI: NY" rerun, 7.1/12. A "Law & Order" repeat, 4.1/7, put NBC in second. "Life on Mars" earned a 3.6/6 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.

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