Fox wins another Wednesday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Make it 10 winning Wednesdays in a row for Fox, as a one-hour “American Idol” combined with strong scores for “Bernie Mac” and “Wanda at Large” to give the net a victory in adults 18-49, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

From 8 to 9, “American Idol” (projected 9.0/26 in adults 18-49, 19.9 million viewers overall) easily topped its major-net competish in demos, and “Bernie Mac” (projected 6.5/17 in adults 18-49, 14 million viewers overall) followed at 9 with a victory in most key categories. “Wanda at Large” ended its short first-season run with a second-place 18-49 finish at 9:30 (5.3/13).

Each of Fox’s programs, as usual, also dominated their time periods among teens.

ABC’s “The Bachelor” delivered its best numbers for the current edition (projected 6.5/16 in adults 18-49, 13.3 million viewers overall), winning its hour virtually across the board, and new reality series “Extreme Makeover” (projected 5.4/14 in adults 18-49, 12 million viewers overall) was again a strong second in 18-49 behind NBC’s “Law & Order” at 10. From 8 to 9, “My Wife and Kids” (2.9/9 in adults 18-49) and “George Lopez” (3.2/9 in adults 18-49) both ranked second to Fox, with a guest appearance by Hilary Duff (“Lizzie Mc Guire”) seeming to help boost “George,” which built nicely on its “Wife” lead-in.

NBC was led by “Law & Order” (6.4/17 in adults 18-49, 17.9 million viewers overall) and “West Wing” (4.4/11 in adults 18-49, 12.9 million viewers overall), the latter of which led its hour among men 25-54.

CBS was out of the game, finishing 14 shares out of the 18-49 lead and 11 shares back in adults 25-54. “48 Hours” (2.5/6 in adults 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) was the net’s top performer.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 7.4/20; ABC, 5.0/13; NBC, 4.3/11; CBS, 2.2/6.

In total viewers: Fox led with 16.3 million.

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