Kingmaker 'Idol' pumps life into 'Death'

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NEW YORK -- Fox won Wednesday in viewers and adults 18-49 while a spot after "American Idol" gave the ratings-challenged sitcom "Til Death" a boost.

"American Idol" was the night's most-watched show with 25.6 million viewers and a 9.9 rating/26 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary data released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.

"Til Death" (14 million, 5.7/15) followed the half-hour "Idol" at 9:30 p.m. If it didn't retain as many viewers as "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader" has over the past two weeks, it still managed to do better than what it's been doing over the Fox schedule. "Til Death" had its highest adults 18-49 rating so far this season.

Fox's "Bones" (10.2 million, 3.4/10) won the 8 p.m. hour while ABC, CBS and NBC were all tied for second place in the demo with a 2.3/7. That was slightly ahead of last week for "Jericho" (7.8 million, 2.3/7).

"Lost" (12.1 million, 5.2/14) won 10 p.m. in viewers and adults 18-49 but was down slightly in both categories compared to last week (12.4 million, 5.6/15). It faced both a repeat "CSI: NY" (10.3 million, 2.7/7) and a repeat "Medium" (6 million, 1.9/5).

Nightly averages: ABC (7.8 million, 3.2/9); CBS (9.6 million, 2.6/7); NBC (7.1 million, 2.1/6); Fox (15 million, 5.6/16); and The CW (4.3 million, 2.0/6).
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