Fox was on top Thursday night with American Idol and strong showing from Hell’s Kitchen, whilea guest appearance by pop country star Taylor Swift gave CBS' CSI a ratings boost.
American Idol set the pace in the 8 p.m. hour with a 7.5/20 rating and 21.2 million total viewers. The show hit its peak in the 8:30 half hour with an 8.0/21 and 22.7 million viewers. CBS was second thanks to a strong showing from Survivor which earned a 3.8/10. NBC was next at 2.0/5 with My Name Is Earl (2.2/6) at 8 and Kath & Kim (1.8/5) at 8:30. Ugly Betty pulled a 1.7/5 for ABC while the CW came in fifth at 0.8/2 with a re-run of Smallville.
At 9 p.m. Fox dropped to second behind CBS, which nabbed a 5.3/13 number with CSI, making it the highest-rated and most-watched non-Idol hour of the night. Hell’s Kitchen earned a 4.6/12 in second. NBC was third at 4.1/10 with its comedy block of The Office (4.5/11) and 30 Rock (3.8/9). ABC was fourth again with a re-run of Grey’s Anatomy (1.6/4). The CW remained in fifth at 0.7/2 with a Supernatural re-run.
NBC jumped up to first at 10 p.m. with ER delivering 3.5/10. CBS was next with a 3.0/8 for Eleventh Hour which drew the most viewers for the hour with 12.1 million. A re-run of Private Practice on ABC pulled a 1.3/4.
Overall Fox tallied a 6.1/16 with for the night. CBS finished second at 4.0/11. NBC got a 3.2/9. ABC finished at 1.6/4 and the CW was fifth at 0.8/2.