‘Idol,’ ‘Lost’ top Wednesday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox’s “American Idol” dominated its hour Wednesday and again outperformed its opening showing on the night a year ago, teaming with a special preview of “Skating With Celebrities” to win the night. ABC’s “Lost” was also a winner, taking the night’s middle hour.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “American Idol” logged a 13.0 rating/33 share in adults 18-49 and 31.4 million viewers overall, making it the season’s No. 2-rated entertainment telecast in the demo — behind only Tuesday’s “Idol.” This reps a 15% gain in 18-49 vs. last season’s Wednesday opener.

The big “Idol” helped provide “Skating With Celebrities” with excellent sampling (7.2/16 in 18-49, 18.7 million viewers overall) prior to its move to Monday. “Skating” placed second in most categories.

ABC’s “Lost” won the 9 o’clock hour (8.1/18 in 18-49, 19.3 million viewers overall) but was on the low end of its range due to the pumped-up Fox competish. The Alphabet couldn’t keep it going at 10, though, as “Invasion” (3.7/9 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) lost more than half of its lead-in.

CBS placed third at 9 with “Criminal Minds” (4.0/9 in 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall) but moved to the lead at 10 with “CSI: NY” (5.4/14 in 18-49, 15.5 million viewers overall).

NBC was up week-to-week at 9 but still fourth with “The Biggest Loser” (3.2/7 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall), and placed second at 10 with “Law & Order” (4.1/10 in 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 10.1/24; ABC, 4.7/11; CBS, 3.9/9; NBC, 3.1/7; WB, 1.2/3; UPN, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 25.1 million; CBS, 12.4 million; ABC, 11.9 million; NBC, 9.1 million; WB, 2.8 million; UPN, 1.8 million.

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