Nielsen fast overnight ratings for 3/11/09 from Marc Berman:
Led by American Idol, Fox won this first Wednesday of the February 2009 sweeps (yes ¦it is a delayed sweeps period), beating second-place CBS by 6.26 million viewers and 3.0 rating points among adults 18-49. But the surprisingly positive news for Fox was relocated drama Lie to Me, which moved into the 8 p.m. hour with a dominant 11.12 million viewers and a 3.4 rating/10 share among adults 18-49. American Idol followed with 24.90 million viewers and a 8.8/23 in the demo at 9 p.m. — the highest rated show of the evening, of course. One year earlier, however, Idol was stronger at 27.13 million viewers and a 10.3/26 among adults 18-49 on March 12, 2008, according to the final nationals.
Good News: Idol was up almost 2 million viewers-22.50 million viewers and a 7.8/22 among adults 18-49 in the 8 p.m. hour–airing at 9 pm instead of 8 pm.