Nielsen Fast Overnight ratings from Marc Berman:
Led by American Idol, Fox got over …the hump in winning fashion, beating second-place CBS by 5.33 million viewers and 2.8 rating points among adults 18-49. Third overall was ABC, followed by NBC and the CW.
American Idol was, of course, the top-rated show of the evening, with 23.07 million viewers and an 8.5 rating/20 share among adults 18-49 at 9 p.m. But recently introduced Fox drama Lie To Me, now in the 8 p.m. hour, deserves props for dominating the time period with 10.03 million viewers and a 3.1/10 in the demo. Despite the ongoing success of American Idol, keep in mind that the year-ago telecast was considerably stronger at 26.08 million viewers and a 9.8/25 among adults 18-49 (based on the final nationals on March 19, 2008)
The ratings are up from Tuesday, but still down from last year. Let’s see if the numbers improve over the next couple of weeks.