TV ratings: 'American Idol' dominates Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 22, 2009

"American Idol" drew its typically big audience Wednesday, but the last night before sweeps was otherwise a pretty soft one in the ratings.

FOX easily won the night with a 9.4 rating/15 share and about 15.6 million viewers. CBS, 6.3/10, came in second. NBC, 4.0/7, finished third, followed by ABC at 3.5/6. The CW drew a 1.8/3.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 5.2 rating more than doubled the 2.5 for second-place CBS. ABC, 2.1, was third, followed by NBC, 1.5, and The CW, 1.2.

"Lie to Me," 5.1/9, won a quiet 8 o'clock hour for FOX. A "Law & Order" rerun, 3.8/7, put NBC in second, just ahead of repeats of "Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried" on CBS. ABC took fourth with "Scrubs," 3.1/5, and "Better Off Ted," 2.8/5. "America's Next Top Model" earned a 2.7/5 for The CW.

"American Idol" ruled at 9 p.m., scoring a 13.7/21 as it eliminated two finalists, Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai. A "Criminal Minds" encore on CBS delivered a 6.4/10. A "Lost" clip show, 4.2/7, moved ABC ahead of NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" rerun, 3.8/6. The CW aired a "90210" repeat.

A new "Criminal Minds," 8.9/15, carried CBS to the top at 10 p.m. A second "Law & Order" on NBC (4.3/7) beat out "The Unusuals," 3.3/6, 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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