Half-Hour Idol Enough For FOX Ratings Win

FOX, on the strength of American Idol, took advantage of their rival’s airing repeats to take Wednesday’s ratings battle.

For the night, FOX averaged a 9.2 rating/14 share, soundly beating ABC’s 7.2/11. CBS and NBC shared third at 6.5/10. UPN managed fifth at 2.5/4, and The WB was last at 1.5/2.

A repeat of “Lost” won the 8 p.m. hour for ABC with a 7.9/12. FOX managed a 6.3/10 from back-to-back episodes of “That ’70s Show,” finishing slightly ahead of Dan Rather’s CBS send-off. The first Wednesday airing of “American Dreams” posted a 4.6/7 for NBC, about equal with the show’s season average. “America’s Next Top Model” scored a 3.4/5 for UPN.

At 9 p.m., “American Idol,” 15.7/23, combined with “The Simple Life 3,” 8.5/13, gave FOX a huge lead. NBC was second with “The West Wing,” 6.8/10. “Alias” managed a third for ABC with a 6.4/10. CBS fell back to fourth with a “King of Queens” repeat, 5.5/8, and “Yes, Dear,” 6.2/9. A repeat of “Kevin Hill” kept UPN in fifth, well ahead of The WB’s “Jack & Bobby” repeat.

A “Law & Order” rerun moved NBC into first at 10 with an 8.2/14. A “CSI: NY” rerun on CBS managed 7.4/12, tying it with ABC’s “Primetime Live” special featuring an interview with model and tsunami survivor Petra Nemcova.

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