‘Idol,’ ‘Skating,’ Win Wednesday Night for Fox

Jan 19, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The second episode of this season’s edition of “American Idol” was the top show for Wednesday in the adults 18 to 49 demographic, propelling Fox to the No. 1 spot for the night.

“Idol” scored a 13.0 preliminary national rating in the adults 18 to 49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. The rating also reflected live-plus-same-day DVR viewing. That was up 15 percent from last season’s Wednesday premiere and a 400 percent improvement on the season-to-date time period average for the 8 p.m. (ET) block of “That ’70s Show” and “Stacked.” The music reality competition was down 15 percent from its premiere Tuesday night, however.

The special post-“Idol” debut of “Skating With Celebrities” at 9 p.m. scored a 7.2 in the demo, down significantly from its lead-in but still up 140 percent from the time period average for the canceled drama “Head Cases” and the reality series “Trading Spouses.” The 9 p.m. hour still belonged to ABC’s “Lost,” which was tops in the time period and second for the night with an 8.1 in the demo.

At 10 p.m. CBS’s “CSI: NY” was the highest-rated series with a 5.4, followed by NBC’s “Law & Order” (4.1) and ABC’s “Invasion” (3.7).