‘Idol’ worship continues at Fox

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox ruled Wednesday night in all key demographic categories on the strength of the results show edition of “American Idol,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

At 8:30, “American Idol” (8.9/25 in adults 18-49, 20.4 million viewers overall) put up what were easily Wednesday’s best results for any program, winning its slot by 17 shares in 18-49. Net also led in the demo at 8 with “That ’70s Show” (4.6/15 in adults 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall) and was a close second in the 9 o’clock hour with “The OC” (4.7/12 in adults 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall).

ABC had a solid night, as “The Bachelor” led at 9 (5.0/13 in adults 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall) and was up week-to-week, and 10 o’clock reality skein “Extreme Makeover” (4.4/12 in adults 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) ran second and also improved its numbers.

NBC, which led at 10 with “Law & Order” (5.8/15 in adults 18-49, 17.0 million viewers overall), also received a spunky second-place perf from repeat 8 o’clock spec “Most Outrageous Moments on Live TV” (2.9/9 in adults 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall). At 9, “West Wing” (3.4/9 in adults 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall) ran third in 18-49 and second in total viewers.

CBS was paced by a “King of Queens” repeat (3.0/8 in adults 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 5.7/16; ABC, 4.1/11; NBC, 4.0/11; CBS, 2.4/7; WB, 1.9/5; UPN, 1.3/4.

In total viewers: Fox, 12.7 million; NBC, 12.6 million; ABC, 9.6 million; CBS, 8.6 million; WB, 4.1 million; UPN, 3.0 million.

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