TV Ratings: "Idol," "Jericho," "Lights" & "LOST" Rebound
Wednesday night was a great night for a number of dramas that have slipped in the ratings recently as well as that TV phenomenon called "American Idol" that also lost some heat in recent weeks.
Let's begin with the season (I will give NBC a lot of hard time if that turns into 'series') finale of the Peabody-Award-winning drama "Friday Night Lights" that went out on a 2-month high pulling in 6,27 million viewers.
"Jericho" on CBS was also up. The drama gained 340,000 viewers and scored 8,25 million. Despite increases, these numbers are pretty low for both of these shows and their fate remains up in the air.
FOX concluded the 1st season of its comedy "Till Death" with a one-hour episode at 8pm (7,77 million viewers.) The comedy, however, lost over 50% of the audience that tuned in when it aired after "American Idol". Unlike "House" this show can't stand on its own feet.
Speaking of "Idol," was it J.Lo or was it the nation's ongoing fascination with Sanjaya Malakar's staying power - the extended one-hour results shows actually pulled in 27,9 million viewers, 2,6 million more than last week.
Looking at the 10pm hour, an outstanding episode of ABC's "LOST" added almost half a million viewers from last week and scored 11,92 million. The show was also #1 in the 18-49 demo beating CSI: NY (which was superior in total viewers, 12,71 million) by a large margin (5.1 vs. 3.4).
Finally, "Medium" which remains on-the-bubble despite a recent script order lost almost 700,000 viewers this week to score 7,64 million. NBC's quest for a hit "Heroes" lead-out remains at the expense of the poorly scheduled "Medium".
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