Fox comedies have last laugh


The second week back in originals for Fox comedies " 'Til Death" and "Back to You" enjoyed ratings boosts Wednesday night and collectively edged out a victory for Fox in the 8 p.m. hour.

Without facing the Democratic presidential debate this week, "Death" was up 15% (6.2 million, 2.3/7), and "Back" gained 8% (7.3 million, 2.7/7).

At 9 p.m., Fox's "American Idol" (22.6 million, 8.2/21) continued to hit new lows, posting its smallest rating among adults 18-49 in five years. Nonetheless, "Idol" won the night and outperformed all broadcast competitors in the 9 p.m. hour combined.

NBC was second with a two-hour "Deal or No Deal" (9.9 million, 2.4/7) and "Law & Order" (12.6 million, 3.7/10). "Order" featured the final performance of Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green and posted its best rating since its January season premiere.

In third, CBS had "Big Brother" (6.7 million, 2.3/7) and repeats.

ABC was fourth with "Wife Swap" (5.9 million, 2.2/7), "Supernanny" (5.4 million, 2.2/5) and "Men in Trees" (5.2 million, 1.5/4).

The CW hit cycle highs for both "America's Next Top Model" (4.2 million, 2.0/6) and the season finale of "Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious" (2.3 million, 1.2/3).