Ratings: Wednesday (2/13/08)
The crucial Top-24 episode of "American Idol" hits a new season low; its lead-out "The Moment of Truth" continues to slide; "Cashmere Mafia" adds 200,000 viewers; and an all-new "Big Brother" on CBS proves that cheesy summer fare should never air in the winter.
"American Idol" scored 24.59 million viewers last night, down from 28.54 million the Hollywood "elevator episode" pulled in last year. It appears "Idol" ratings are generally about 15% down this season.
Meanwhile, the novelty may be wearing off, as the hideous "Moment of Truth" continues to lose eyeballs. In the past 4 weeks the show scored 23.23 million, 17.90 million, 16.89 million and now 14.47 million viewers. Next week the show is preempted and on February 25 it moves to 8:00pm where the ratings slide could continue.
8:00pm Wife Swap (5.38 million)
9:00pm Supernanny (8.80 million)
10:00pm Cashmere Mafia (5.26 million)
8:00pm Big Brother 9 (5.81 million)
9:00pm Criminal Minds (R) (7.75 million)
10:00pm CSI: NY (R) (7.66 million)
8:00pm Deal or No Deal (10.99 million)
9:00pm Law & Order: CI (R) (9.07 million)
10:00pm Law & Order (10.24 million)
8:00pm American Idol (24.59 million)
9:00pm Moment of Truth (14.47 million)
8:00pm America's Next Top Model Exposed (1.42 million)
9:00pm One Tree Hill (R) (1.14 million)