Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox’s hourlong “American Idol” results show towered over the competition in Wednesday’s middle hour, carrying the net to an easy victory on the night.

From 9 to 10 p.m., “American Idol” averaged a 10.9 rating/27 share in adults 18-49 and 28.2 million viewers overall, beating the next five highest-rated nets combined in most categories. CBS was a distant second with a repeat of “Criminal Minds” (2.9/7 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), with NBC’s “Crossing Jordan” placing third (2.1/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall).

It was a competitive opening hour of the night, meanwhile, with the top five broadcast nets all finishing within 1 share of each other in 18-49. The timeslot debut of NBC’s improv comedy series “Thank God You’re Here” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) edged out CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall). This was the best result for NBC in the time period since December, while the CW unscripted series led the hour in adults 18-34 (3.1/10).

Also competitive at 8 was a repeat of Fox’s “Bones” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), an original episode of CBS’ “Jericho” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) and ABC’s comedy block of “According to Jim” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) and “Notes From the Underbelly” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall for its regular-slot premiere).

ABC’s “Lost” carried the 10 o’clock hour in demos as usual (5.1/13 in 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall), topping repeats of “CSI: NY” on CBS (3.2/8 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall) and “Medium” on NBC (2.0/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 6.7/18; ABC, 3.0/8; CBS, 2.8/8; NBC, 2.3/6; CW, 2.0/5; Univision, 2.0/5.

In total viewers: Fox, 18.0 million; CBS, 9.8 million; ABC, 7.5 million; NBC, 6.7 million; Univision, 4.3 million; CW, 4.1 million.

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