'Idol' results show shakes up Thursday

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The season's first "American Idol" results show spread Fox's ratings domination to Thursday night and gave a record-setting boost to "Don't Forget the Lyrics."

The increased competition hurt CBS's "Survivor," resulting in the show's lowest non-Thanksgiving rating ever. "Idol" pumping up game show "Lyrics" likely also impacted NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," which dipped from last week.

Despite successfully crashing the Thursday night broadcast party, "Idol" (8.4 preliminary Nielsen rating between adults 18 to 49 and a 21 share) was down 11% from last season's first results episode to mark the lowest-rated results show since 2004. "Lyrics" (4.8/11) had its best performance ever in the 9 p.m. hour. Overall, Fox won the night in the demo (6.6) and total viewers (17.8 million).

ABC was second, opening the night with a low-rated "Lost" repeat (1.7/4) that left an on-par "Lost" original (5.7/13) to self start. At 10 p.m., the network aired an original of "Eli Stone" (2.7/7), which continues to edge out fellow freshman competitor "Lipstick Jungle" on NBC.

CBS came in a close third with "Survivor" (4.0/10) and a "CSI" repeat (3.1/7). At 10 p.m., an encore of "Without a Trace" (3.0/8) bested original programming on ABC and NBC.

Fourth-place NBC aired a one hour "My Name is Earl" repeat (1.7/4) that gave a weaker lead-in to "Apprentice" (3.2/8) than last week's "Deal or No Deal," then aired an average "Lipstick" (2.5/6).

The CW had a repeat of "Supernatural" (1.0/3) followed by an original episode (1.3/3) that marked the show's best performance of the season among the network's 18-to-34 target demo (1.4).

Overall network averages for the night: Fox (17.8 million, 6.6/21), ABC (8.8 million, 3.4/8), CBS (12.2 million, 3.3/8), NBC (6.1 million, 2.5/6) and The CW (2.9 million, 1.2/3).


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