Did Fox benefit from not airing Obama?

Fox will not be bullied around by anybody, even that big all-powerful bully in The White House. The network decided not to air last night's speech by president Barack Obama and stick with its planned schedule, creating a little experiment to see if it could capitalize by going against the grain.

An original Lie to Me aired opposite the president's talk on NBC, ABC, and CBS in the 8 o'clock hour and the ratings were... shockingly steady. The drama grabbed 7.9 million viewers and a 2.4 adult 18-49 rating last night, versus the 7.87 million and 2.3 it scored last week. That's almost an unrecognizable difference, but with most shows slipping in ratings week-to-week, it could be considered a positive result by Fox.

As for the other networks, they pretty much split the audience watching Obama with six-plus million viewers each and a 1.5-1.6 rating. It'll be interesting to see how the networks respond when Obama asks for another primetime hour.

Elsewhere, American Idol once again won the night, with 21.85 million viewers and a 7.5 18-49 rating. Lost's 100th episode (who needs destiny?) was up a bit with 8.8 million viewers and a 3.9.

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I hope more Networks will follow FOXES lead and do the same thing - leaves news like that to CNN and FOX News
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i love Lie To Me
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osdawaya16 fox didn't lie. they did air Lie to me. I watched it. So I'm not sure what happened
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What? I recorded Lie To Me on my DVR, just to realize this morning that they decided to air the speech anyway. Talk about irritated. Not only did Fox lie (what else is new) but TV.com was wrong too! I was so excited and so proud of Fox for finally getting a backbone, then they go and air the thing. I was miffed. Did anyone else encounter this problem, or was it just me?
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I heard some Lost fans got screwed over by the press conference cause some of the ABC stations went to black after the speech instead of airing the show. I had a bad feeling something like this would happen. :/
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Good for FOX. Mr President is speaking too much too frequently.
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I'm glad fox didn't air it. I also watched Lie to Me, and agree with other posts. Why they thave to put it on primetime is beyond me. Not everybody wants to watch it so why do they have to put it on every network. Pick one and stick with it or just put it on the news. Not like it's not going to be repeated on the news anyway.
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Good for FOX. I'd like to see the President do well -- on his own private TV network!
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I watched Lie to Me for the first time because I don't want to listen to Obama. Just air his speech's at 5, 6, or 11 when there's not shows on and news is supposed to be on.
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Don't we have CNN those news channles. That's enough isn't it like the person below me said why do we need to listen Obama's boring speech on every channle. If people want to watch they will they don't won't. I care less what Obama has to say.
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Yeah fox finally got some balls. the president speech was all over and on the paper next day why every channel has to be forced to watched. some people dont wanna hear all that crap he has to say. just fix the economy and we good... thank i give him some attetntion.
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I have my problems with Fox, but this decision wasn't one of them. The president has a number of outlets and times to reach the listening public, inclusive of broadcasting live over the internet from the white house website, or capturing a bit of the nightly news hours, and most importantly when needed, when speed is of great worth. As for Idol, American and British, I don't see the yearly appeal . . . but I don't see how special these reality contest, Designers, Groomers, Models, and etc can be when they kinda kick to the curb the prior and do little to reinvent or elevate the medium.
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I am glad Fox did it. I don't think that the president's talk should be in primetime. I think he can do the same at say 5 o'clock.
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The concept of American Idol isn't new. There was a show called Star Search back in the 1980's and I really didn't see what the allure was with that show or American Idol. IMO, AI is trash tv at it's finest.
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Why do people watch Idol? I just don't understand the appeal. It's just a bunch of losers singing kareoke. I'd much rather go see The Action Design or The Bouncing Souls play. WTF?
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