January 15, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

On Wednesday, the second night of American Idol‘s premiere week drew an average of 29.9 million watchers, matching its 30 million premiere Tuesday night. (There were five million more viewers for the show’s 9-10 p.m. hour of total fools, sob stories, and total fools with sob stories than for its 8-9 p.m. hour.) Consequently, other series took a hit: CBS’s The New Adventures of Old Christine brought in a smaller audience at 8 p.m. with a new episode than it did for last week’s repeat. And Criminal Minds was down a million viewers from its last new episode on Dec. 17. The CW’s new series 13 — Fear Is Real perhaps suffered the most. Only 2.4 million people caught the premiere last week, but an entire third of that audience strayed last night, probably in favor of a different kind of “real fear” — i.e. Simon Cowell’s facial expressions upon subjection to alarmingly off-key warbles. And Paula’s crazy glasses. Now those are scary.





























Time Show Viewers (In Millions)
8:00 p.m. American Idol (Fox)
The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Knight Rider (NBC)
Lost (ABC)
13 – Fear Is Real (The CW)
4.6 (repeat)
8:30 Gary Unmarried (CBS) 7.1
9:00 American Idol (cont.)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Lost (ABC)
90210 (The CW)
4.5 (repeat)
4.3 (repeat)
0.7 (repeat)
10:00 CSI: NY (CBS)
Law & Order (NBC)
Lost (ABC)
4.6 (repeat)

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