Idol slaps down Lost

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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Idol a waste of time, Lost the best show.
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Idol over Lost? Idol is a waste of time, really...
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Why are they still Idol? Arent we sick of bad singers, being idolised and having their voices digitally enhanced? Its the publics fault for watching this crap in the first place!
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It seems not to be a big suprise that LOST lost some ratings.. Do the creaters really think that the can get away with using the same old and tired formula as last year this year? I mean come on man the episode that just showed had it's focal character of the episode openly act guilty and made NO attempt at hiding it.. then , then here is the clentcher, they proceeded to act as if the audience wouldn't notice it at all! now they are going to cram in explination, or sorry "ANSWERS" in final, and then suposedly leave us with a really big question for next year. I don't know about any of you but I am done with teasing the veiwer. I HATE American Idol, but will not be made an idoit of by LOST any more.
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Seems the crappy storyline to season 2 is finally taking a hit! At last!
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My way around it, is to watch whatever is against IDOL live, and tape IDOL so that I can simply fast forward to the last few minutes of a needlessly long and drawn out episode. These one hour and two hour IDOL shows are obnoxious... just give me the results and get on with it. I don't like the show enough to watch Ryan Seacrest milk it for 60 minutes or listen to the Idols sing lame under-rehearsed song medlies. Thanks be to the VCR...
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I can't believe that chris is gone, I'm not going to buy any of the CD's. Chris should still be on Idol, he should have one the whole thing!!!!
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As great as Lost is, it reruns and gets DVD releases. American Idol doesn't. With music rights and other contractual stuff, you catch an episode when it airs or you never see it.
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lost owns you
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Oh man! American Idol over Lost? People have gone crazy! I just do not get it!
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What the heck is this about Idol competing against Bones? They're on the same network! DUH!
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I'm not sure how you have plot conclusions when you don't have a plot.
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I hate to say it but the mystery of Lost is the reason why the show is loosing to Idol. Yeah, intellectually it was cool for awhile, but like any good detective show/action oriented show, the mysteries and the conflicts have to end and new one's start up again. This works for 24, it is not intelligence, but plot conclusions that draw people to a show. Lost needs to get answers soon.
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I don't understand how American Idol can square off against a show that's on the same network and not in the same time-slot.

This does not bode well for Lost's season finale, although I don't know why people would watch the two-hour American Idol when they're only going to find out what they want to know in the last five minutes.
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DIE AMERICAN IDOL! DIE! DIE!
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So does the nielson ratings account to tivos etc? I suppose they don't do that because people can skip the commericials?
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Some people don't know a good program even if it came up to them and hit them in the face (Lost). Alot of rubbish gets watched instead (Idol). Hence why we complain why there is so much rubbish on TV, because only the intelligent people are watching the good stuff.

Go figure!
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Why are so many people still watching American Idol?! And over Lost?!? Impossible to understand...
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Ouch!
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