'Grey's,' 'Heroes,' 'CSI' deliver strong numbers

The second week of “American Idol” dominated the primetime ratings landscape last week, as Fox racked up the most lopsided victory of the season for any network.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” NBC’s “Heroes” and CBS’ “CSI” were all in firstrun and delivered strong numbers, but they were no match for “Idol,” which has started season six with its best numbers yet.

For the Jan. 22-28 frame, Fox’s 5.2 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 towered over CBS (3.0/8), ABC (2.9/8) and NBC (2.6/7), according to Nielsen.

Fox also dominated in adults 25-54 (5.5/13) and the 12-34 demo (4.7/14), and it handed CBS a rare setback in total viewers (12.6 million to 11.6 million for the Eye).

Helping the net’s averages for the week: “Idol” accounted for three of its 14 hours (21% of the sked), as one of Tuesday’s hours (President Bush’s State of the Union address) wasn’t included in any averages.

Tuesday’s hourlong audition of “Idol” averaged a 13.3 rating/33 share in adults 18-49 and 32.6 million viewers overall — nearly doubling the combined demo delivery of ABC, CBS and NBC (6.9/18).

And a night later, an expanded two-hour edition delivered a whammo 14.1/35 in the demo and 33.87 million viewers overall. Through two weeks, “Idol” is up 3% in 18-49 and 4% in total viewers.

“Prison Break” (4.2/10, 9.86m) contributed its best numbers of the season for Fox with its first episode since Nov. 27. And the net also saw season-high scores from Friday’s “Trading Spouses” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 6.32m), which led its hour in demos.

CBS had a solid but unspectacular sesh, led by “CSI” (6.7/16 in 18-49, 21.17m) on Thursday and “CSI: Miami” on Monday (6.1/15, 18.85m). Net’s Monday comedy block also contributed with its best numbers since mid-October, paced by “Two and a Half Men” (4.8/11, 15.85m) and “Old Christine” (4.1/9, 12.81m).

Not so hot was the sixth-place demo finish Wednesday for reality skein “Armed & Famous” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 4.22m), which was canceled the next day.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (8.9/21 in 18-49, 21.50m) stood as the week’s No. 1 scripted program, with its perf more than doubling the delivery for any other Alphabet program during a week when “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty” were in repeats.

Also noteworthy was Friday’s “20/20″ (2.6/8 in 18-49, 7.50m), as Diane Sawyer’s special hourlong report on poverty in Camden, N.J., overcame a sixth-place lead-in to win the 10 o’clock hour in key demos.

NBC was paced by Monday’s combo of “Deal or No Deal” (5.2/13 in 18-49, 17.61m) and “Heroes” (6.6/15, 14.90m), with the latter airing its first original episode in seven weeks.

Net’s “The Apprentice” was also on the upswing (3.4/8, 8.08m), even though lead-in “Grease: You’re the One That I Want” (2.4/6, 7.34m) continues to put up modest numbers.

The CW was led by “Smallville” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 5.00m), while Tuesday’s “Veronica Mars” (1.5/4, 3.23m) was on the high end opposite the State of the Union speech. And “Reba” was the net’s top comedy (1.4/4, 3.55m) as it nears the end of its six-season run.

On cable, “The Screen Actors Guild Awards” averaged 5.88 million viewers and a 2.0/5 in 18-49 in its simulcast airings on TNT and TBS — up 8% vs. last year.

Among cable’s top 10 perfs for the week in 18-49 were a pair of hot reality skeins: VH1’s “I Love New York” on Monday (1.5/3 in 18-49, 3.54m) and Bravo’s “Top Chef” on Wednesday (1.5/4, 2.60m).

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