Special results show helps Fox win the night

A special Thursday-night results show edition of “American Idol” helped propel the show following it, “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” to new ratings heights this week. Fox won the night while ABC’s “Lost” was the No. 2 program, winning the middle hour.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “American Idol” (8.4 rating/21 share in adults 18-49, 23.2 million viewers overall) dominated the 8 o’clock hour, matching the combined deliveries of ABC, CBS, NBC and CW. As has been the pattern in recent years with the special Thursday results shows, the show’s rating was below what it pulls in on its regular nights.

From 9 to 10, Fox ran a solid second with “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” (4.8/11 in 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall), which hit series highs virtually across the board. The music-themed show seemed to be an especially good fit with “Idol,” and retained its audience from its first half-hour to its second.

ABC’s “Lost” (roughly 5.7/13 in 18-49, 13.6 million viewers overall from 9 to 10:02 p.m.) was the only show to beat “Lyrics” at 9 o’clock, with the mystery adventure drama on par with the previous week’s results. Also in line with last week was 10 o’clock rookie drama “Eli Stone” (roughly 2.6/6 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall from 10:02 to 11 p.m.).

CBS, third on the night in 18-49 and second in total viewers, was paced by “Survivor” (4.0/10 in 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall), which was down 13% week-to-week due to the competition from “American Idol.” Up week to week were the repeat crime dramas to follow it, “CSI” (3.1/7 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall) and “Without a Trace” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall). “Trace” won the 10 o’clock hour in key demos despite facing firstrun dramas on both ABC and NBC.

NBC started slowly with a one-hour “My Name Is Earl” repeat (1.7/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) and then placed third at 9 o’clock with “Celebrity Apprentice” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall), with the latter show down week-to-week thanks to stronger unscripted competition from Fox’s “Lyrics.” At 10, “Lipstick Jungle” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) was flat week to week despite a lower-rated lead-in. 

The Peacock appears to have been beaten on the night among adults 18-49 by Univision, whose three-hour special “Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music Awards” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) produced its strongest numbers of the year.

And at CW, “Supernatural” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) matched its season high in adults 18-34 (1.4/4).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 6.6/16; ABC, 3.4/8; CBS, 3.3/8; Univision, 2.7/7; NBC, 2.5/6; CW, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: Fox, 17.8 million; CBS, 12.2 million; ABC, 8.9 million; NBC, 6.1 million; Univision, 5.9 million; CW, 2.9 million.

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