'American Idol' Tops 'Survivor' in Wednesday Ratings

A special Wednesday edition of Survivor helped CBS, but it did not help enough to beat FOX in the ratings.

FOX averaged an 8.4 rating/13 share for the night, edging CBS’s 8.2/13. NBC was a solid third at 6.3/10, while ABC struggled at 5.6/9. UPN’s 2.5/4 was enough for fifth, while The WB lagged behind at 1.4/2.

“Survivor: Palau,” airing on Wednesday because of the NCAA tournament coverage, got a 10.7/17 for CBS at 8 p.m. ABC was second with a rerun of “Lost,” 5.9/9. Two episodes of “That ’70s Show” on FOX came in third, beating “American Dreams,” 4.1/6, on NBC. “America’s Next Top Model,” 3.5/5, got decent numbers on UPN for fifth, while a “Smallville” repeat on The WB was nowhere to be found.

FOX took over firstat 9 p.m. with the “Idol” coming in at 14.9/23, followed by “The Simple Life 3,” 8.3/13. CBS held on for second with “The King of Queens,” 7.1/11, and “Yes, Dear,” 6.8/11. “The West Wing,” 6.5/10, moved NBC up to third, while “Alias” got a paltry 5.6/8 for ABC. UPN kept fifth with a “Kevin Hill” repeat.

At 10 p.m., NBC’s “Law & Order” repeat got the highest ratings at 8.3/14. CBS held on to second at 7.0/12 from its “CSI: NY” repeat, and ABC’s “Wife Swap” came in third at 5.4/9.

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