Primetime Ratings: ‘Lie To Me,’ ‘Idol’ Give Fox Wednesday Win

Debut of ABC’s ‘The Unusuals’ finishes second in 10 p.m. slot
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Fox won the Wednesday night primetime ratings with strong showings for Lie To Me and American Idol. ABC’s new show The Unusuals finished second in its time slot and earned 6 million viewers.

Lie To Me led off the night with a 2.5/8, beating out second place CBS (2.2/7) which aired The New Adventures of Old Christine (2.1/7) at 8 and Gary Unmarried (2.2/7) at 8:30. The CW and ABC tied for third place on the hour at 1.7/5. The CW earned the number for America’s Top Model while ABC aired Scrubs (1.8/6) at 8 and Better Off Ted (1.7/5) at 8:30. Top Model was beat out by Scrubs in the first half-hour but was higher than Better Off Ted in the second. A re-run of Law & Order on NBC was fifth at 1.2/4.

American Idol delivered a 7.8/20 at 9 p.m. with 22.4 million average viewers. Lost on ABC was next at 3.7/9. CBS’ Criminal Minds earned a third place 3.2/8 and was second in total viewers at 13.2 million. NBC was fourth at 1.3/3 for Life, while the CW dropped to fifth at 0.9/2 for the Top Model clip show.

CBS took first place at 10 with a 3.3/9 for CSI: NY. The Unusuals debut on ABC earned a 2.2/6 and maintained much of the Lost audience. NBC was third at 1.2/3 with another re-run of Law & Order.
On the night Fox delivered a 5.2/14 and earned 15.4 million viewers. CBS was next at 2.9/8 and 11 million viewers. ABC finished third at 2.6/7, followed by the CW at 1.3/4. NBC was fifth with a 1.2/3.