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‘Idol,’ ‘Lost’ top Wednesday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Another overwhelming perf by “American Idol” helped Fox win Wednesday’s primetime ratings race, while ABC also fared well with “Lost,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

In the evening’s middle hour, “American Idol” (11.2 rating/26 share in adults 18-49, 26.4 million viewers overall) defeated the combined ABC-CBS-NBC competish in adults 18-49 and other categories. “Idol” continues to perform on par with last year’s averages. Opening the night for Fox were second-place 18-49 finishes for “That ’70 Show” (3.9/10, 8.4 million viewers overall) and “The Simple Life” (3.6/9, 8.3 million viewers overall).

From 8 to 9:01, “Lost” (7.5/20 in adults 18-49, 19.5 million viewers overall) was up week-to-week and dominated the competish, and lead-out “Alias” (4.1/10 in adults 18-49, 10 million viewers overall) was a distant second place.

CBS was paced by an 18-49 slot victory at 10 for “CSI: NY” (4.8/12 in adults 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall) over NBC’s “Law & Order” (4.3/11 in adults 18-49, 14.5 million viewers overall), although the two were neck-and-neck in both adults 25-54 and total viewers. ABC’s “Wife Swap” ran third in the hour (3.5/9 in adults 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall).

Also for CBS, “60 Minutes” (2.4/6 in adults 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) was on the high end, and 9:30 laffer “Yes, Dear” (3.3/7 in adults 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) did a good job holding onto its “King of Queens” lead-in (3.5/8 in adults 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary adults 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 7.5/18; ABC, 5/13; CBS, 3.5/9; NBC, 3/7; WB, 1.5/4; UPN, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: Fox, 17.4 million; ABC, 12.8 million; CBS, 11.3 million; NBC, 10.5 million; WB, 3.5 million; UPN, 3 million.

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