'Idol' rebounds from lows for another win Wed.


"American Idol" drove Fox to another nightly win Wednesday as an average of 27.9 million viewers tuned in to see the sendoff of finalist Haley Scarnato and a live performance by Jennifer Lopez for a 10.9 rating/26 share among adults 18-49, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers.

It was an up-and-down night with "Idol" significantly improving from its season low in the 18-49 demo last week. ABC's "Lost"(11.9 million, 5.1/13) and CBS' "Jericho" (8.2 million, 2.3/6) rebounded from their series low demo numbers from last Wednesday. Meanwhile, two other series, CBS' "Criminal Minds" (12.8 million, 3.2/8) and "CSI: NY" (12.7 million, 3.4/9) logged their lowest 18-49 numbers with original episodes.

The "Idol" result show at 9 p.m. was preceded by the one-hour season finale of freshman comedy "'Til Death," which posted an OK 7.8 million viewers and 3.1/8 in 18-49 for the top spot in the hour among 18-49s. (CW's "America's Next Top Model" was second with a 2.7/8.) Also airing in the 8-9 p.m. hour was the season finale of another freshman series, NBC's "Friday Night Lights" which finished last in the time slot (6.3 million, 2.1/6).

For the night, Fox averaged 17.8 million viewers and a 7.0/18 among adults 18-49, followed by CBS (11.3 million, 3.0/8), ABC (7.6/3.0/8), NBC (6.7 million, 2.1/6) and CW (4.5 million, 2.2/6).