TV Ratings: "Jericho's" Disappointing Return, "LOST" Wins In 18-49
The girls upped the ante on FOX's "American Idol" as the show crushed all competition; "Jericho" returned to CBS with disappointing results and "LOST" is still not what it used to be, although it did win its timeslot in the coveted 18-49 demo.
Last night's much improved outing of "American Idol" scored an average of 30,33 million viewers over its expanded 2-hour telecast peaking in the final half hour with almost 32 million people tuning in.
Post-apocalypse drama "Jericho" did not benefit from going head-to-head with "Idol" juggernaut - the drama was down over 2 million viewers from its fall average to score a mere 8,65 million. Fortunately for "Jericho", "Idol" will normally air at 9pm.
The effect was the same on NBC's brilliant drama "Friday Night Lights" which came down to 5,37 million viewers, hitting what may well have been its series low for an all-new episode.
"Criminal Minds" continues to shed viewers losing a million over last week's episode to pull in just 14,45 million, while Desmond-centric LOST encore scored 5,38 million viewers for ABC.
An all-new Jack-centric episode of "LOST" ranked second behind CSI: NY in total viewers (12,89 million) gaining 120,000 over last week's series low. The show was however much stronger than CSI: NY in the 18-49 category (5.7/15 vs. 4.1/11).
NBC's "Medium" is clearly not doing as well as it used to on Monday nights, last night's episode pulled in only 7,85 million viewers, a far cry from 13-15 million it used to average when it premiered in early 2005.
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