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'Idol' Special Wins for Fox on Wednesday

April 10, 2008 12:21 PM

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A two-and-a-half hour “Idol Gives Back” won the night for Fox in the ratings, while posting the show’s lowest numbers since 2005.

“Idol Gives Back,” the singing show’s yearly star-studded philanthropic event, posted a 6.7 rating/18 share in 18-49 year olds in preliminary Nielsen ratings. However, due to the way preliminary data works, “Idol” may see a jump due to an un-factored 7:30 start time.

“CSI: NY” dipped 14% week-to-week, leaving the series with a 3.1/8, which was on par with its previous season average for CBS. “Big Brother” (2.1/6) fell slightly and “Criminal Minds” (3.3/8) rose a bit from last week. CBS finished second with a 2.8/7.

A new “Supernanny” (2.2/5) was essentially flat from last week for ABC. “Primetime: The Last Lecture: A Love Story for Your Life” (2.7/7) improved the 10 p.m. time slot for the network by 80% (and captured the coveted “Most Colons in Show Title” nightly award). “Primetime” replaced “Men in Trees” this week. “Wife Swap” was in repeats. ABC ended the night with a 2.2/6.

NBC (1.9/5 for the night) had “Law & Order” repeats and a new “Deal or No Deal” (2.4/7), up 20% from last week.

At the CW “America’s Next Top Model” (1.1/3) dropped considerably, down 42% from last week. However, the episode was a clip show instead of a standard episode. “Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious” was new on Wednesday, matching its season high with a 0.9/2 (1.0/3 in 18-34 year old demo). The CW finished with a 1.0/3 (1.1/3 in the 18-34 year old demo).

Odds and Ends: - Viewers will be deprived of Roy Jones, Jr. rapping and country singer Jo Dee Messina performing “an urban dance, blending hip hop and step, with a supporting troupe,” as CBS has canned “Secret Talents of the Stars” after less than thrilling ratings last night during its premiere.

“48 Hours Mystery” and “Shark” will fill the void over the next five weeks.

Let’s relive the laughter (or lack thereof) of the show together:

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