Primetime Ratings: Davids Bring Idol Goliath Numbers

Fox Wins Wednesday Night, America's Next Top Model Scores for The CW

More than 24 million people tuned into American Idol Wednesday night to see the two Davids -- Cook and Archuleta -- survive to face off in next week's final.

The 9 p.m.-10 p.m. show scored a 9 rating/22 share in the 18-49 demo, good enough to give Fox an easy win on the night with a 5.6 reating/15 share average.

It was a horse race for second, with CBS (2.5/7) edging out ABC (2.4/6), in the overnight ratings, which don't include the time-shifted viewing that could change that order of finish when all the eyeballs are counted.

CBS did best with CSI: NY at 10 p.m., winning the time period with a 3.1/8. ABC's top show was Wife Swap with a 2.5/7 in the demo from 8 p.m.-9 p.m.

NBC was fourth, topped by Law & Order with a 2.7/7 from 10 p.m.-11 p.m.

The CW had a strong night, averaging a 1.6/4. America's Next Top Model scored a 2.3/7 from 8 p.m.-9 p.m., tying with Fox's sitcom lineup for second place in the time period, ahead of CBS’ and NBC's The Price Is Right and Deal or No Deal, respectively.