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‘Idol’ Wins Again as ‘Lost’ Goes Out on High Note

May 14, 2009 11:38 AM

“American Idol” helped Fox easily take Wednesday night, while the two-hour season finale of “Lost” on ABC posted a bump over recent episodes but slipped from its season finale last year.

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“American Idol” scored an 8.4 rating/21 share among adults 18-49 and 24 million viewers. While last night’s episode increased a slight 1% over last week, “Idol” posted a 9% decrease from the comparable night last year. Among total viewers, last night’s episode was down only 4% from last year. At 8 p.m., the season finale of “Lie to Me” posted a 2.6/7 (8.4 million), down 4% from its performance last week and its season-to-date average.

ABC kicked off the night with the special clip episode “Lost: A Journey in Time” (2.4/7, 6.3 million). The “Lost” two-hour season finale pulled a 4.3/11 (9.3 million), scoring an 8% increase from last week and pulling ahead of its season-to-date average by 2%. Last night’s finale, however, was down 12% compared with the season finale last year.

The season finale of The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (1.8/6, 4.2 million) increased 6% over last week to match the show’s season-to-date average. Last night’s episode also marked the show’s second largest audience this season. At 9 p.m., the network aired a repeat of “90210” for an average 2.2/6 among women 18-34 for the night.

CBS’ “Criminal Minds” (3.4/8, 13 million) was up one-tenth of a point from last week, while “CSI: NY” (3.2/8, 12.2 million) was down by as much. Both were on par with their season-to-date averages. In the 8 p.m. hour, the network aired a special “Rules of Engagement” (1.9/6, 6.4 million) and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2.0/6, 6.5 million).

NBC aired a new-to-broadcast “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (1.2/4, 5.5 million), followed by a “Law & Order: SVU” repeat at 9 p.m. A new “Law & Order” (2.2/6, 7.8 million) was down one-tenth of a point from last week in the 10 p.m. hour.

For the night: Fox (5.5/15, 16.2 million) finished first, followed by ABC (3.7/10, 8.3 million), CBS (2.8/8, 10.6 million), NBC (1.5/4, 5.9 million) and The CW (1.2/3, 2.6 million).

Final Nationals update, 5 p.m.: Both the "Lost" special clips episode (2.5/8) and the season finale (4.4/11) rose by one-tenth of a point. "American Idol" received a larger boost to a 8.7/22 and 24.7 million viewers, off by only 200,000 viewers from the same episode last year. "America's Next Top Model" (1.9/6) also increased by one-tenth of a point, while "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (1.1/3) decreased by as much. As for network averages, both Fox (5.7/16) and CBS (2.9/8) increased their averages.

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