'Lost' drops to season low; 'Idol' boosts 'Lyrics'


Critics and fans are praising this season of ABC's "Lost," yet ratings continue to erode. The drama hit a season low Thursday, as did NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" in the same time period.

Fox's ever-dominant "American Idol" was up slightly from last week's results show debut and gave another series high to "Don't Forget the Lyrics."

According to preliminary Nielsen ratings, Fox won the night among total viewers (20.2 million) and adults 18 to 49 (2.5/6). "Idol" (25.9 million, 9.1/24) was up 7% week-to-week, followed by "Lyrics" (14.6 million, 5.2/13).

CBS edged out ABC for second place, with "Survivor: Micronesia" (14.6 million, 4.2/11), rallying slightly after last week's series low, followed by repeats.

In third, ABC had a repeat, followed by "Lost" (12.9 million, 5.4/13) and "Eli Stone" (7.5 million, 2.7/7) -- the latter winning the 10 p.m. hour.

After a repeat, fourth-place NBC had "Apprentice" (7.6 million, 3.1/8) and "Lipstick Jungle" (5.7 million, 2.5/7).

The CW aired repeats.