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‘Scrubs’ Season Finale Not Too Bubbly

May 8, 2009 11:47 AM

Fox’s “Lie to Me” and “American Idol” on Wednesday both posted gains from the previous week, while the “Scrubs” finale on ABC was not a big ratings draw.

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Fox’s “Lie” scored a 2.7 rating/8 share among adults 18-49 and 8.7 million viewers, according to final Nielsen figures. Wednesday night’s episode posted a 17% gain from last week and won the 8 p.m. hour with its best performance since mid-March. “American Idol” (8.3/20, 23.6 million) remained flat from its performance two weeks ago, but posted an 8% gain from last week after President Barack Obama’s press conference (which Fox did not air). “Idol” also won its hour.

ABC kicked off Wednesday night with the one-hour season (series?) finale of “Scrubs” (2.1/6, 5.1 million). Wednesday’s episode was in line with the show’s average for the night, up 11% from its most recent Wednesday telecast two weeks ago. At 9 p.m., “Lost” (4.0/10, 8.7 million) was down only one-tenth of a point, while “The Unusuals” (1.6/4, 4.6 million) in the 10 p.m. hour was up by as much.

CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (1.9/6, 6.5 million) and “Gary Unmarried” (2.0/6, 6.7 million) were both about par with their season-to-date averages, while “Criminal Minds” (3.3/8, 14.1 million) was flat from last week and “CSI: NY” (3.3/9, 13.4 million) posted a 3% increase and won the 10 p.m. hour.

A new-to-broadcast episode of “Law & Order: CI” (1.3/4, 5.7 million) gave the network its best rating in the time period since mid-March. After a “Law & Order SVU” repeat in the 9 p.m. hour, an original “Law & Order” (2.3/6, 8.1 million) pulled in the series’ best performance since early February and increased one-tenth of a rating point over last week.

The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (1.7/5, 3.8 million) was off only one-tenth of a point from last week, when it went up against President Obama’s press conference. A “90210” repeat aired at 9 p.m., giving the network an overall 2.1/6 average among women 18-34.

For the night: Fox (5.5/15, 16.2 million) was first, followed by CBS (2.9/8, 11.4 million), ABC (2.6/7, 6.2 million), NBC (1.6/4, 6.1 million) and The CW (1.1/3, 2.5 million).

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