‘Idol,’ ‘Lost’ Bounce Back

Apr 12, 2007  •  Post A Comment

After weeks of erosion, Fox’s “American Idol” and ABC’s “Lost” bounced back from their recent airings, while procedurals delivered limp performances.

Fox won the night among adults 18 to 49 and total viewers, according to preliminary Nielsens. The one-hour season finale of “‘Til Death,” which had recently soared thanks to its “Idol” lead-in, sunk to a 3.1 in the 18 to 49 demo. Still, that’s its best non-“Idol”-led performance yet and enough to best the season finale of NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” (an above-average 2.1), CBS’s “Jericho” (2.3) and back-to-back episodes of “George Lopez” on ABC (2.1 and 2.3).

“Idol” had a 10.9, up 10 percent from last week.

ABC and CBS were tied for second place. On ABC, “Lopez” was followed by an “According to Jim” repeat (2.0), “In Case of Emergency” (1.5) and “Lost” (5.1, winning the hour and bouncing back from a series low last week, though still down 16 percent from its prior-season average).

On CBS, “Jericho” was followed by series lows for both “Criminal Minds” (3.2) and “CSI: NY” (3.4).

The CW bested NBC to come in fourth place, with “America’s Next Top Model” (2.7) delivering its highest rating since December, followed by a “Pussycat Dolls Present” repeat (1.6) that once again bested the original airing.

NBC brought up the rear with the “Lights” finale, “Crossing Jordan” (1.7) and “Medium” (2.5).

(Editor: Horowitz)