'Idol' keeps Fox on top Wed., 'Lost' hits low

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NEW YORK -- Fox stayed on top by far in Wednesday primetime while ABC's "Lost" tied its lowest-ever adults 18-49 rating.

"American Idol" (27.4 million, 10.5 rating/27 share in adults 18-49) topped the night's primetime offerings, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. But "Idol" was down week-to-week (28.7 million, 11.0/28) as it headed into its final weeks.

Meanwhile, "Lost" (11.9 million, 4.9/13) was on track to tie its lowest-rating ever in adults 18-49 while also having its second lowest household rating. It was beaten at 10 p.m. in viewership by CBS' "CSI: NY" (12.7 million, 3.6/10) while NBC's just-renewed "Medium" (7.8 million, 2.6/7) came in a distant third.

Fox won the 8 p.m. hour with "Bones" (10 million, 3.2/10) while the season finale of CBS' "Jericho" (7.8 million, 2.1/7) was about even with last week's episode, The CW's "America's Next Top Model" (4.9 million, 2.4/8) outperformed its rivals at NBC and ABC as neither NBC's "Thank God You're Here" (5.3 million, 2.1/7) nor ABC sitcoms "According to Jim" (6.3 million, 2.3/8) or "Notes from the Underbelly" (5.8 million, 2.3/7) managed to generate much excitement.

Neither did anything at 9 p.m. against "Idol," although "Criminal Minds" (12.8 million, 3.5/9) was the only show to do more than 6 million viewers against it. NBC's "Crossing Jordan" (5.4 million, 1.5/4) was beaten in the demo by repeats of ABC's "According to Jim" (4.6 million, 1.9/5) and "The George Lopez Show" (4.4 million, 1.9/5).

For the night, Fox led all the networks with 18.7 million viewers and a 6.8/20 in adults 18-49 followed by CBS (11.1 million, 3.1/9); ABC (7.5 million, 3.0/9); NBC (6.1 million, 2.1/6); and The CW (3.9 million, 1.9/6).
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