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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' and 'Touch' Preview Top Fox, Helgenberger Exits 'CSI' on High Note

UPDATED: The advance broadcast of Kiefer Sutherland's new series tops "Terra Nova" and "Alcatraz" premieres, while the CBS procedural scores its best numbers all season.

Touch Promo Cast behind glass of numbers - H 2012
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American Idol continued its expected drop-off from last week's premiere, losing 9 percent of its showing among adults 18-49 from last Wednesday's 8:00 p.m. hour -- a 13 percent drop from its total take during the two-hour premiere. Last night's one-hour auditions episode brought in a 6.4 rating in the demo, making way for a strong preview of Kiefer Sutherland's Touch.

The series, which has yet to receive a full marketing push and doesn't officially premiere until Mar. 19, benefited from its lead-in, scoring Fox's top drama debut of the season with a 3.9 among adults 18-49. Terra Nova and Alcatraz drew a 3.2 and 3.3, respectively. It marks the net's strongest drama debut since 2009's Lie to Me and only trails ABC's Once Upon a Time (4.0) as the strongest demo premiere of the current season. Altogether, Fox averaged a triumphant 5.2 in the demo and 15.7 million viewers for the night.

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CBS saw a boost from Marg Helgenberger's final episode on her veteran procedural. CSI drew a 3.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 14 million viewers, both season highs. Its lead-in, Criminal Minds, gave CBS' strongest showing of the night with a 3.6 in 18-49-ers, placing the network second for the night in the demo (2.9) and viewers (11.8 million).

The ABC Wednesday comedy block and Revenge were all repeats, giving the net a 1.5 in adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers.

ABC's encores didn't help NBC much. New episodes of Whitney and Are You There, Chelsea? were down, both earning a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. They were followed by back-to-back repeats of Law & Order: SVU, giving the network a 1.3 in adults 18-49 and 3.98 million viewers.

On the CW, One Tree Hill brought in a 0.7 in adults 18-49, making for a 0.5 for the night when averaged with an encore of Remodeled.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, Overnight Ratings:

8 p.m.
Fox: American Idol (19.5 million viewers, 6.4 rating among adults 18-49)
CBS: Criminal Minds (R) (7.9 million, 1.7)
ABC: The Middle (R) (5.3 million, 1.5)
NBC: Whitney (4.5 million, 1.4)
The CW: One Tree Hill (1.5 million, 0.7)

8:30 p.m.
ABC: Suburgatory (R) (4.2 million, 1.4)
NBC: Are You There Chelsea? (3.9 million, 1.4)

9 p.m.
FOX: Touch (preview) (11.9 million, 3.9)
CBS: Criminal Minds  (13.7 million, 3.6)
ABC: Modern Family (R) (6.5 million, 2.5)
NBC: Law & Order: SVU (R) (3.8 million, 1.2)
The CW: Remodeled (R) (659,000, 0.3)

9:30 p.m.
ABC: Happy Endings (R) (4.0 million, 1.7)

10 p.m.
CBS: CSI (14.8 million, 3.3)
NBC: Law & Order: SVU (R) (4.0 million, 1.4)
ABC: Revenge (R) (3.1 million, 0.9)