By Annie Barrett
Updated 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.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8:00 p.m.

American Idol 9 (Fox)

24.4

9:00

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

16.4

10:00

The Good Wife (CBS)

12.7

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