‘Idol’ Wins Big Again, Helps ‘Point Pleasant’ Debut

Jan 20, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The second outing of the fourth season of Fox’s music performance reality series “American Idol” once again delivered for the network, winning its 8 p.m. (ET) time period in total viewers and in all major adult, female and male demos. At 9 p.m. the debut of the supernatural drama “Point Pleasant” was the network’s highest-rated drama debut in three years among adults 18 to 49.

“Idol” scored an 11.1 rating in adults 18 to 49 and garnered 26.4 million viewers Wednesday, according to Nielsen Media Research preliminary national ratings. That was down 21 percent in the demo but still more than enough to beat ABC’s “Lost” (7.3), which has been dominating the time period since it debuted in the fall.

At 9 p.m. “Point Pleasant,” the story of a teenage girl who comes to realize she is the spawn of Satan, scored a 5.4 rating, down 51 percent from its lead-in. ABC’s “Alias” won the time period in adults 18 to 49 with a 5.8 (which was inflated slightly by a “Lost” two-minute overrun), but “Pleasant” took the hour in teens (4.8), adults 18 to 34 (5.6), and the young adult male and female demos.