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Idol Wins Ratings Race Against Race

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Fox’s American Idol, which saw the elimination of Elliot Yamin, easily trounced the season finale of CBS’ Amazing Race, in which hippie pair B.J. and Tyler walked away with the $1 million prize. Idol scored a 10.5 rating/25 share in the key 18-49 demo to Race’s 3.4/8.

Idol gave Fox the boost it needed to be first for the night, with a 6.8/18. Its season finale of Bones earned a 3.1/9 from 8-9.

Other season finales were America’s Next Top Model on UPN, which got a 2.8/8, and Law & Order, which won its 10-11 time slot with a 4.5/12against CSI:NY (4.4/11) and the cancelled Invasion (2.8/8).

NBC’s Deal or No Deal, which won its 8-9 time slot with a 4.1/12, gave the network the No. 2 slot for the night, with a 3.9/10 overall.

ABC and CBS tied for third at 3.7/10. Lost gave ABC its highest numbers with a 5.9/14 from 9-10.

UPN was in fifth place with a 1.8/5, and The WB brought up the rear with a 1.0/3 for the movie Final Destination 2.

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