'Truth' picks up 'Idol' baton


NEW YORK -- It's no lie: The premiere of "Moment of Truth" is a hit.

The new Fox reality series successfully took the handoff Wednesday night from "American Idol" and in the meantime delivered the highest retention in the adults 18-49 demographic of any show leading out of the musical competition.

"Truth" averaged 23.2 million and a 10.2 rating/24 share in 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. Its 94% retention in 18-49 was the highest for any program coming out of "Idol"; it retained 87% of its viewership and actually gained in 18-34 and teens over "American Idol." "Truth" stands as the highest-rated premiere so far this season.

Meanwhile, "Idol" (26.8 million, 10.8/28) dominated the 8 p.m. hour; only NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (13.8 million, 3.7/10) could muster any ratings against it in its 10-month high in the time period. Against "Truth," only CBS' "Criminal Minds" (12.9 million, 3.2/8) was somewhat successful against it.

CBS' "CSI: NY" (11.7 million, 3.3/9) beat both NBC's "Law & Order" (10.3 million, 3.0/8) and ABC's "Cashmere Mafia" (5.6 million, 2.0/5), all at 10 p.m.

Fox (25 million, 10.5/26) led the networks in all categories over ABC (6.1 million, 2.2/6); CBS (9.5 million, 2.5/6); NBC (10.8 million, 3.0/7); Fox (25 million, 10.5/26); and the CW (1.3 million, 0.6/1).