Idol slaps down Lost

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American Idol squared off against all comers last night, and overnight ratings indicate it was The Others who got smashed down. The seemingly unstoppable reality competition drew more than 27 million viewers, drawing audiences away from the competition.

Idol squared off against not only ABC's Lost at 9 p.m., but also the season finales of CBS's Amazing Race and UPN's America's Next Top Model. Idol didn't waver, and the Wednesday-night results show wherein Elliot Yamin was booted off in favor of Taylor Hicks and Katherine McPhee notched 27.1 million viewers and a 10.5 rating/25 share in the adults 18-49 demographic.

Lost took it on the chin, sinking to its lowest ratings ever for a new episode, averaging 14.2 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/14 share in the 9 p.m. slot. That's down 25 percent from the season average of 7.9 rating/19 share. Next week is the two-hour season two finale of the mysterious melodrama.

CBS reality series Amazing Race came in third with 9.1 million viewers and a 3.4 rating/9 share. This marked the lowest Race finale ever, but it was up against stiffer-than-normal competition. This season of Race was won by San Francisco hippies B.J. Averell and Tyler Macniven.

UPN's sixth cycle finale of America's Next Top Model brought in 5.7 million viewers for a 2.8 rating and an 8 share. The episode was the highest-rated episode of the season and won its time period in women 18-34.

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