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‘Chopping Block’ Has Clunky Debut as ‘Idol’ Cruises

March 12, 2009 12:23 PM

Fox won Wednesday night as “American Idol” bid farewell to the first two of its 13 finalists, while the debut of NBC’s “The Chopping Block” came up a bit rotten. Chopping Block

Fox opened the night with “Lie to Me” in its new 8 p.m. hour. The show scored a 3.4 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers. While the show had a 92% retention and 9% increase in total viewers from its post-“Idol” performance last week, “Lie” scored its lowest rating to date and was off 23% from its season-to-date average. “Idol” (8.8/22, 24.9 million) eliminated its first two finalists and introduced the new “judge’s save” rule last night. The show was up 13% from its week-ago performance, but down 15% from last year for the comparable night. Overall Fox finished on top with an average 6.1/17 (18 million).

New comedies and dramas on CBS gave the network second place for the night with an average 3.1/8 (11.8 million). “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2.1/7, 7.6 million) posted a 17% increase from its last original telecast, while “Gary Unmarried” (2.3/7, 7.7 million) was in line with its season-to-date average. At 9 p.m. “Criminal Minds” (3.5/9, 14.1 million) was on the low side, while at 10 p.m. “CSI: NY” (3.5/9, 13.5 million) was average.

On NBC, the premiere of the cooking reality series “The Chopping Block” came in low with a 1.5/4 (4 million), down 12% from “Knight Rider’s” performance last week and down 17% from “Rider’s” season average in the same time period. The show placed fourth in its time period for the night, ahead of only repeats on ABC. A new “Life” (1.8/4, 5.3 million) matched its previous ratings high from December and scored its best rating when up against “Idol.” “Law & Order” (2.2/6, 7.6 million) was about average. Overall the network finished third with a 1.8/5 (5.6 million).

At 10 p.m. a new episode of ABC’s “Life on Mars” scored a 1.5/4 (4.6 million). Back-to-back repeats of “Scrubs” and “Lost” helped land the network in fourth place with an average 1.4/4 (4.1 million) for the night.

The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (1.9/6, 4.5 million) posted a 6% increase from last week’s two-hour debut, coming in as the second most watched episode of “Top Model” this season, behind the show’s fall finale. A “90210” repeat at 9 p.m. gave the network an average 1.2/3 (2.7 million) for the night. Among women 18-34, The CW averaged a 1.9/5.

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