Lost and Lie almost tie

Before we get to talking about how American Idol crushed its competitors, let's discuss the more interesting story of the battle between the series premiere of Fox's Lie to Me and season premiere of ABC's Lost. This matchup looks to be a dogfight over the next month, and the winner of round one was…

Well, let's call it a draw. Lie to Me pulled in 12.4 million viewers and a 4.9 rating/12 share among the 18-49 demo, but lost a substantial amount of viewers over the course of its 60 minutes. I guess people were waiting for Tim Roth to sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Lost's two-hour premiere averaged 11.4 million viewers but grabbed a 5/12 in the 18-49 demo--just barely topping Lie to Me.

Lost's premiere was down 25 percent from last season in the prized demo, but had more competition in the form of whatever-is-on-behind-American Idol. Surprisingly, the one-hour clip-show of Lost fared fairly well against Idol, raking in 8.4 million and a 3.3/9. Lost's numbers are expected to go up dramatically thanks to those people in your office who are running around with their hands clasped over their ears screaming, "Don't tell me! Don't tell me!" because they're going to watch it tonight on their DVRs.

For the second week in a row, American Idol improved on its second showing of the week, sucking in 25.9 million viewers and a 9.8/25 (some guy named Obama probably had a lot to do with that). Both Tuesday's and Wednesday's numbers are down over last week's, when both days topped 30 million. Is American Idol losing its luster?

CBS had another down night, with its comedy block of New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried in the low 7 million range, but ticked up with Criminal Minds at 9 p.m. (13.9 million, 3.5/8).

NBC is barely worth mentioning, but I'll do it anyway. Knight Rider was a wreck with 5 million viewers but a 1.5/4, a Law & Order: SVU repeat recorded 5.6 million and a 1.7/4, and a new Law & Order was worth 8.5 million and a 2.5/6. And don't expect 13: Fear is Real to be around much longer--the CW show was watched by only 1.4 million, and registered a .5/1. Scary!

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i love both of these shows Lie To Me is the best "detective" show ive seen in a long time and LOST is awesome too. I wait anxiously for each new episode of lost but i watch lie to me monthly in a sort of bulk watch =D
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Lost is a great show
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I remember these low numbers for Lost before. It's normal. New shows always lose steam lately. And since Lost only has 1 more season anyway, I don't think Lost should be too afraid of Lie to Me.
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Lost is on my DVR, not Lie, nor will Lie to Me be on my DVR. So hopefully, the DVR group doesn't hurt the overall ratings of shows, since I rarely see them at their original airtime, but do watch the good ones repeatedly.
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I watched Lie to me and it was pretty good, I liked it. Its new so we just have to give it a try. It reminded me a little bit of Shark...
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I sat through the first few minutes of Lie to Me, and it did not appeal to me at all. I peeled off right after the former TSA officer asked if Mr. Honesty was good in bed. There's suspension of belief, and then there's scenes like that.
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Lost Rules! It will pull through because it is an awesom show. Lie to me is original however but ABC has had Lost off air for long enough that fans are willing to come back out of pure curiosity. GO LOST!
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law and order svu ROCKS :D ♥
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Thi is BS LOST ROCKED. and i will stick to it.
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They always go down, and not up.
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That's very bad for Lost... beaten up by Lie to me? And don't think that numbers will go up, they'll go only down (not same for Lie to me, because it's new show after AI), if you don't believe me, look at the history of Lost ratings.
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What is up with this article writer's hate for FOX?
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I'm banking on Lie to Me. The material is unique and informative. I'll keep watching.
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I think this is a temporary blip. Lost will be above Lie to Me by next week.
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guys, Lost numbers' are perfectly normal. It got 5.2 in the key demo, which is exactly what it got in S4 on average and in S3(10pm slot).

Lie to Me is likely to go down for next week, because as the article states, it lost 4 million viewers for its second half. It went from 15 to 11. Thats alot.
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I should watch Lie to Me...Lost season 5 rocked my world....American Idol is awesome this season :D
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Wow 13 fear is real is only doing 1.4 million.
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watched Knight Rider. It's my guilty pleasure. It's fun and light entertainment. They should plug Life back into Wednesdays at 9PM to shore up the schedule. I don't watch repeats... I'll dl Lost later. As for Lie to Me, good show, but I saw the first episode weeks ago online! Gary Unmarried is good. I dl it every week but I hate Christine. That show is just painfull to watch!
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Only 11.4 million viewers for Lost premier?
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I watched Lost last night and I'm sure the numbers will go up once the word gets around about how good it is. I just watched Lie to Me on Hulu and it was pretty good, but Lost will get my viewing on Wednesdays and I'll watch Lie to Me online. American Idol... annoying that it sweeps the numbers when it's not that good of a show (though I admit I sometimes watch it)
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I'm sure Losts numbers will go up, people aren't ready for the new schedule yet.
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