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Another Wednesday, another Fox victory courtesy of “American Idol,” which easily beat the other broadcasters in its timeslot, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

From 8 to 9, “American Idol” (12.3 rating/32 share in adults 18-49, 29.9 million viewers overall) rolled as usual and was up by 10% in 18-49 vs. the same night a year ago. Drama “Bones” followed with a slot victory in younger demos (4.8/12 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) despite holding just 40% of its lead-in.

Also hot Wednesday was the sixth-season bow of UPN’s “America’s Next Top Model” (2.5/9 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), which ran second to Fox from 8 to 10 in adults 18-34 (3.1/9) with its best score ever for a premiere.

CBS was solid from 9 to 11, placing second in 18-49 and first in 25-54 with “Criminal Minds” (4.6/11 in 18-49, 15.2 million viewers overall) before sweeping the 10 o’clock hour with “CSI: NY” (3.7/10 in 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall).

NBC started very slowly with a special edition of “The Biggest Loser” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) but picked up some by 10 when an original “Law & Order” ran second (3.7/10 in 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall).

ABC, with “Lost” in repeat (3.4/8 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall), had a slow night. Its rookie drama “Invasion” had its worst showing to date at 10 (2.5/7 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 8.5/22; CBS, 3.7/10; ABC, 2.6/7; NBC, 2.5/6, tied with UPN, 2.5/6; WB, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 21.0 million; CBS, 12.1 million; NBC, 7.8 million; ABC, 7.1 million; UPN, 5.2 million; WB, 2.0 million.