Fox crushes competition with 'Idol'


NEW YORK -- No surprise here: Fox won the night in all meaningful measures with the second week of "American Idol," while NBC came in second place.

The Fox uber-reality series crushed everything in its way at 8 p.m., averaging 29 million viewers and an 11.7 rating/29 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

Like last week, "Idol" is down from last year. It fell 11% in viewers and 12% in 18-49 compared to last year, and decreased even more compared to two years ago. Yet "Idol" retained slightly more in 18-49 week-to-week than it did last year.

A repeat "House" (14 million, 5.1/12) took over at 9 p.m., winning over originals on its rivals although "The Biggest Loser" (10.9 million, 4.5/11) recovered from last week. NBC won at 10 p.m. with "Law & Order: SVU" (13 million, 4.6/12).

Fox (21.5 million, 8.4/20) led the night in all key measures over ABC (6.2 million, 1.8/5); CBS (9 million, 2.0/5); NBC (10.3 million, 4.0/10); and The CW (2.3 million, 1.0/2).