'American Idol' Finally Defeated in Ratings

A new episode of “Lost” is what was needed to finally knock off “American Idol” in the ratings last night.

ABC averaged a 7.7 rating/12 share for the night, barely beating FOX at 7.6/12, in households and total viewers (12.36 million to 12.15 million). NBC finished a solid third at 6.5/10, with CBS in fourth at 6.3/10. UPN, 2.7/4, took fifth, and The WB trailed behind at 1.9/3.

“Lost” got ABC out in front at 8 p.m. with a 10.7/17. CBS was way behind with “60 Minutes,” 6.5/10, while FOX took third with “That ’70s Show,” 4.8/8, and “The Simple Life 3,” 4.8/8. NBC’s “American Dreams” was hardly noticeable and not too far ahead of “America’s Next Top Model,” 3.8/6, on UPN. The WB was last with a “Smallville” repeat.

The 14.7/22 for “American Idol” allowed FOX to win at 9 despite poor results for “Life on a Stick” (6.0/9). Aided by its solid lead-in, ABC’s “Alias,” 6.8/10, bounced back from a recent ratings slide. NBC made the move to third with “The West Wing,” 6.4/10, just beating the 6.3/10 CBS got from “The King of Queens” and “Yes, Dear.” A second hour of “Smallville” moved The WB into fifth, ahead of a “Kevin Hill” repeat on UPN.

At 10 p.m., NBC’s “Law & Order” scored the top spot with a 9.1/15. A “CSI: NY” rerun managed a 6.2/10 for CBS, while “Eyes” debuted to disappointed results, only getting a 5.7/10 for ABC.

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