‘Idol’ Boosts ‘Til Death’

Mar 15, 2007  •  Post A Comment

“American Idol” continued its reign Wednesday night and boosted Fox’s struggling sitcom “‘Til Death” to unprecedented heights.

Also, ABC’s “Lost” hit another series low, while a repeat of The CW’s “Pussycat Dolls” managed to improve upon the original airing.

Fox won the night with “Bones” (3.4 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsens), “Idol” (9.9) and “‘Til Death” (5.7). Fox pointed out Wednesday’s “Death” was the network’s highest-rated sitcom in a year and showed a higher retention of the “Idol” audience than three other comedies Fox tried out in post-“Idol” spots last season.

ABC was second with “George Lopez,” up slightly to a 2.2, “According to Jim” (2.3) and “In Case of Emergency” (2.0). “Lost” had a 5.2, a new series low, down 20 percent from its prior-season average.

CBS had “Jericho,” on the low side with a 2.3, and repeats.

In fourth place, NBC had a “Dateline” repeat, “Crossing Jordan” hitting a series low (2.1), and a “Medium” repeat.

On The CW, “America’s Next Top Model” had a 2.4, up 20 percent this week, while a “Pussycat Dolls” repeat earned a 1.6 – up sharply from Tuesday’s first airing of 1.1. A repeat besting an original is rare, particularly among reality shows, and suggests Wednesday could be a better slot for the show.

(Editor: Horowitz)