‘Wanda,’ ‘Idol’ bottle up ‘Bachelor’

CBS' 'Search,' ABC's 'Girl' see lowest ratings to date

HOLLYWOOD — “Wanda” stayed large thanks to a huge “American Idol” on Wednesday, and the Fox duo helped keep the lid on premiere numbers for the latest edition of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

According to Nielsen, another expanded edition of “American Idol,” this one running from 8:30 to 9:30, delivered the best Wednesday numbers for the music talent show (9.7/24 in adults 18-49, 20.33 million viewers overall) since its second week in January.

Winning ‘Large’

New comedy “Wanda at Large” followed with another slot-winning effort at 9:30 (6.6/16 in A18-49, 13.88m), retaining 62% of its lead-in from “Idol.” “Wanda” was up a tick in the demo vs. its solid preem of a week earlier.

“Idol” has afforded “Wanda” ample sampling for two weeks now, with the latter getting its regular lead-in, “Bernie Mac,” beginning next week. “Idol” returns to its half-hour format at 8:30.

The strong Fox showing made it tougher on the premiere of ABC’s “Bachelor” (5.0/12 in A18-49, 10.22m), which ran second in the demo from 9 to 10. This is on par with its premiere last fall but below what “The Bachelorette” bowed to in January (prior to competition from “Idol”).

Losing traction

Elsewhere on the night, CBS’ “Star Search” at 8 (2.6/7, 9.54m) and ABC’s “All-American Girl” at 10 (2.5/7 in A18-49, 5.42m) delivered their lowest scores to date, while Fox’s “That ’70s Show” (5.6/16, 11.06m) dominated the 8 o’clock half-hour.

NBC’s “The West Wing” (4.2/10 in A18-49) was up week-to-week but came in 33% below the same night a year ago. An original of the Peacock’s “Law & Order” (5.5/15) beat a repeat of CBS’ “CSI” (3.6/10) at 10.

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