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Fox Programming Outdraws Obama Press Conference

April 30, 2009 12:00 PM

Fox’s duo of “Lie to Me” and “American Idol” won the night as the other broadcast networks covered President Barack Obama’s press conference, while the 100th episode of ABC’s “Lost” took some hits in the 9 p.m. hour.

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In the 8 p.m. hour, Fox’s “Lie to Me” scored a 2.4 rating/7 share among adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers. Last night’s episode was up 4% over last week. “Lie” also beat all of the other networks covering President Obama’s press conference in the hour.

ABC (1.6/5, 6.1 million), CBS (1.5/6, 6 million) and NBC (1.6/5, 6.7 million) all fared similarly, bringing the president’s total among the broadcast networks to a 4.7/16 (18.8 million). Those figures are estimates, and final numbers from Nielsen will be sustained.

Going against “Lie” and Obama, The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (1.8/6, 4 million) was down one-tenth of a point from last week, but it also beat each network’s presidential coverage. Among the younger adults 18-34 audience, “Top Model” ranked first in the timeslot.

In the 9 p.m. hour, Fox’s “American Idol” led the way against the 100th episode of “Lost” on ABC. “Idol” scored a 7.5/19 (21.8 million viewers), down a heftier-than-usual 10%. “Lost” (3.9/10, 8.8 million) was off 3% from its last original episode two weeks ago (last week was a special clips episode) and came in 11% below its season-to-date average. “Lost” remained the No. 1 scripted series of the night, beating out CBS’ “Criminal Minds” (3.3/8, 13.3 million) in the hour, as well as repeats of “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC and “90210” on The CW.

At 10 p.m., CBS took the top spot with “CSI: NY” (3.2/9, 12.5 million), which posted a 10% increase over its last original episode two weeks ago but dipped 9% from “Criminal Minds’” performance in the time period last week. NBC’s “Law & Order” (2.2/6, 7.7 million) matched its highest rating since early February, while ABC’s “The Unusuals” (1.7/5, 5.1 million) posted a 21% increase from last week, although that number may come down once final figures are released.

For the night: Fox (5.0/14, 14.9 million) finished first, followed by CBS (2.6/7, 10.6 million), ABC (2.4/7, 6.7 million), NBC (1.7/5, 6.4 million) and The CW (1.2/3, 2.6 million).

Final Nationals updated (4 p.m.): Fox’s “Idol” bumped up to a 7.7/19, while “Lie to Me” trickled down to a 2.3/7. On ABC, “Lost” climbed to a 4.1/10, while “The Unusuals” slipped to a 1.5/4. At the network level, factoring out sustained presidential press conference coverage brought CBS’ average to a 3.3/8 and ABC’s to a 2.8/7, while all other networks' tallies remained the same as preliminary numbers.

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