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Ratings: 'Lost' finishes the season strong against 'American Idol'

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American Idol‘s penultimate elimination round gave Fox its usual Wednesday night win, while ABC’s Lost slightly bettered its audience from the past few weeks with its mind-blowing two-hour season 5 finale, which drew 9.3 million viewers. Both of CBS’ serials that aired from 9 to 11 p.m. opposite Lost dropped about a million watchers from their usual audience (although both Criminal Minds and CSI:NY still managed to beat Lost). Meanwhile, America’s Next Top Model finished strong — last night’s season finale brought The CW its highest total viewership since the second week of cycle 12.

 

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

   

      

      

      

   

 

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. Lie to Me (Fox)
Rules of Engagement (CBS)
Lost Clip Show (ABC)
Law & Order: CI (NBC)
America’s Next Top Model (The CW)
8.4
6.4
6.3
5.5
4.2
8:30 The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) 6.5
9:00 American Idol (Fox)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
Lost (ABC)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
90210 (The CW)
24.0
13.0
9.3
4.6 (repeat)
1.1 (repeat)
10:00 CSI: NY (CBS)
Lost (ABC)
Law & Order (NBC)
12.2
9.3 (continued)
7.8