‘Idol’ worship continues

Mornig Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox’s “American Idol” destroyed the competish again Wednesday with another of its audition segs, although the net fumbled away much of that aud an hour later with “Bones.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “American Idol” (12.9 rating/32 share in adults 18-49, 32.1 million viewers overall) beat the other five broadcast nets combined by 45% in adults 18-49 and was up by 15% vs. the same night a year ago. Through its first four nights, “Idol” is up 16% year-to-year. At 9, forensics crime drama “Bones” (4.7/11 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall) placed second in young-adults demos and posted its best scores to date — despite holding onto just 34% of “Idol’s” demo lead-in.

Second-place ABC was paced by “Lost” at 9 (8.0/18 in 18-49, 19.1 million viewers overall), which was on par with the prior week, and by “Invasion” at 10 (3.9/10 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall), up week-to-week.

At CBS, “Criminal Minds” (4.4/10 in 18-49, 15.4 million viewers overall) remains a solid alternative to “Lost” at 9 and seemed unaffected by the additional crime drama competish from “Bones.” And “CSI: NY” won at 10 (5.0/13 in 18-49, 15.0 million viewers overall), down a bit week-to-week.

NBC was stronger than usual at 8 with the concert spec “Jamie Foxx: Unpredictable” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) and at 9 with “Biggest Loser” (3.7/8 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall). “Law & Order” was third at 10 in 18-49 with a repeat seg (3.6/9 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 8.8/21; ABC, 4.7/11; CBS, 3.8/9; NBC, 3.4/8; WB, 1.2/3; UPN, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 21.8 million; CBS, 12.7 million; ABC, 11.7 million; NBC, 8.6 million; WB, 2.9 million; UPN, 1.7 million.

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