Fox cruises on Wednesday

'Truth' ends season with winning scores

On a night when Fox’s “Moment of Truth” ended its season with winning scores and CBS dramas “Criminal Minds” and “CSI: NY” returned to action with solid numbers, Fox juggernaut “American Idol” remained easily the top viewing choice on Wednesday.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “American Idol” dominated the 9 o’clock with a 9.1 rating/23 share in adults 18-49 and 24.3 million viewers overall — although this left it down about 7% week to week. “Idol” may have been affected by the return of “Criminal Minds” on CBS (3.4/9 in 18-49, 12.8 million viewers overall) as the first new episode of the crime drama since January was within about 10% of its firstrun average prior to facing “Idol” in the fall and was the clear No. 2 program for the hour.

Kicking off the night, “The Moment of Truth” (4.1/12 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall) was the clear winner at 8 o’clock opposite all-reality programming that included CBS’ “Big Brother” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall), ABC’s “Wife Swap” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) and CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall). “Truth” wraps its run as the season’s top-rated new program.

Closing out the night, “CSI: NY” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 12.8 million viewers overall) beat the combined deliveries of NBC’s “Law & Order” repeat (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) and ABC’s firstrun “Men in Trees” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall). “CSI: NY,” airing in firstrun for the first time since Feb. 6, nearly matched its firstrun season averages.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 6.6/18; CBS, 3.1/8; ABC, 2.0/5; NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.6/4; CW, 1.3/4.

In total viewers: Fox, 17.1 million; CBS, 10.6 million; NBC, 7.0 million; ABC, 5.7 million; Univision, 3.9 million; CW, 2.8 million.

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