‘Idol,’ ‘Lost’ top Wednesday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox made it 17 consecutive Wednesday victories in key demos last night on the strength of a powerful perf by “American Idol,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

At 9 o’clock, the results show edition of “Idol” (11.1 rating/27 share in adults 18-49, 25.6 million viewers overall) beat the combined 18-49 deliveries of ABC, CBS and NBC. Fox then dropped off considerably but still led in 18-49 at 9:30 with rookie laffer “Stacked” (5.3/13 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall).

ABC ruled the night’s opening hour with “Lost” (6.2/18 in 18-49, 16.6 million viewers overall), which easily beat Fox’s second-place “That ’70s Show,” which aired an original at 8 (3.0/9 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) and a repeat at 8:30 (3.9/11 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall). The Alphabet was also solid at 9 with “Alias” (4.1/10 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) but stumbled at 10 with a special “Supernanny” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall).

At CBS, the concluding second part of biopic “Elvis” ran a distant third from 8 to 10 (2.9/8 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall), but the net rebounded at 10 with a timeslot victory for “CSI: NY” (4.7/12 in 18-49, 14.3 million viewers overall).

NBC’s once-promising limited-series “Revelations” continued its fade one week from its finale (3.2/8 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall), and 10 o’clock drama “Law & Order” (3.8/10 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall) came in more than 30% behind last year’s score in the same week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 5.8/15; ABC, 4.4/12; CBS, 3.5/9; NBC, 2.9/8; UPN, 1.9/5; WB, 1.3/3.

In total viewers: Fox, 12.8 million; CBS, 11.7 million; ABC, 11.0 million; NBC, 9.0 million; UPN, 4.0 million; WB, 3.0 million.

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