TV ratings: 'Bones,' 'Idol' rule Wednesday

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Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A special edition of "Bones" and the judges' save on "American Idol" combined to give FOX a big ratings win Wednesday.

FOX scored a 10.3 rating/17 share for the night to finish way ahead of second-place CBS, 6.0/10. ABC finished third at 4.2/7. NBC, 3.9/6, came in fourth, and The CW trailed with a 1.7/3.

FOX also domiated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.5 rating. That was more than double the average for its closest rival, ABC (2.6). CBS took third with a 2.4, followed by NBC, 1.5, and The CW, 1.1.

"Bones" drew a 6.9/12 for FOX at 8 p.m., winning the hour by a wide margin. Reruns of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried" averaged 3.7/6 for FOX and drew a few more viewers than a "Law & Order" repeat on NBC. ABC's "Scrubs," 3.4/6, and "Better Off Ted," 3.0/5, improved a little over last week's numbers. The CW got a 2.6/4 from "America's Next Top Model."

The "American Idol" results show, in which the judges chose to save Matt Giraud, delivered a 13.8/21 at 9. A "Criminal Minds" rerun, 6.7/12, kept CBS in second. "Lost," 5.4/8, grabbed third for ABC (and finished second in the 18-49 demo), while a "Law & Order: SVU" repeat on NBC was fourth at 3.7/6. The CW aired a "90210" rerun.

"CSI: NY," 7.7/13, gave CBS the lead at 10. ABC's "The Unusuals" and another "Law & Order" on NBC each drew a 4.1/7, with ABC drawing a few more total viewers.

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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