Annie Barrett
February 03, 2010 AT 05:52 PM EST

The season 6 premiere of ABC’s Lost drew in an average of 12.1 million viewers, which is 1 million more than the series’ average audience for season 5 and less than 1 million more than the audience for its season 5 premiere. About 6 percent more people tuned in at 9 p.m. than finished the two-hour episode at 11 p.m. (The least-viewed quadrant of the show was, oddly, 10-10:30 p.m.) Meanwhile, the night’s most-watched show, American Idol, helped its Fox followup Kitchen Nightmares earn its highest Adults 18-49 rating ever.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8:00 p.m. American Idol 9 (Fox)

NCIS (CBS)

Lost: Final Chapter (ABC)

The Biggest Loser (NBC)

90210 (The CW)

24.4

19.1

9.9 (recap)

5.0 (repeat)

0.8 (repeat)

9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

Lost (ABC)

The Biggest Loser (NBC)

Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)

Melrose Place (The CW)

16.4

12.1

9.4

9.3

0.7 (repeat)

10:00 The Good Wife (CBS) 12.7

Read more:

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‘The Biggest Loser’ recap: A time for everything

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