Fox squashes all nets with double 'Idol'


Once again, Fox dominated across the TV universe as the John Lennon/Paul McCartney-themed editions of "American Idol" netted another decisive weekly win for the network.

The performance and results "Idol" shows respectively averaged 29.9 million viewers and an 11 rating/28 share among adults 18-49 and 27.1 million, 10.3/26, topping the weekly program charts by a wide margin.

Additionally, Fox's provocative new reality show "The Moment of Truth" (10.6 million, 4.2/12) had a successful transplant to its new 8 p.m. Wednesday slot leading into "Idol."

But it wasn't all good news for Fox as the legal drama "Canterbury's Law" stumbled in its premiere Monday night, the first weeknight of daylight-saving time, which wreaked havoc on early-evening viewership.

"Law" (7.7 million, 1.7/5) was Fox's lowest-rated premiere on record in the 8 p.m. Monday time period. Although the time change was a factor in the small viewer turnout for the show, "Law" fared worse than its competition in the hour, finishing fourth among the major broadcast networks.

At 9 p.m., Fox's time-period premiere of "New Amsterdam" (8.8 million, 2.5/6) fared slightly better but was down 22% from the most recent four-week average rating of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" in the time period.

The CW network's reality series "Beauty and the Geek" also had a rocky start in the 8 p.m. hour Tuesday. Airing against "Idol" on Tuesday, "Geek" (1.9 million viewers, 0.9/2) was down 47% from its season debut in the fall and down 59% from its January debut last year.

The drop-off was similar among the CW's key adults 18-34 demographic. "Geek" led into an episode of "One Tree Hill" (2.5 million, 1.1/3) that was down 21% from last week.

ABC's "Lost" (12.1 million, 4.9/13) continued its episode-by-episode ratings erosion. The drama, whose current season is getting strong reviews, hit a series low, down 11% from last week, though it still won its 9 p.m. Thursday time period for the seventh consecutive week.

For the week ending Sunday, Fox averaged 11.3 million viewers and a 4.1/12 among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research. NBC (7.5 million, 2.2/6), CBS (7.6 million, 2.1/6) and ABC (6.1 million, 2.1/6) were virtually tied for second place.