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?
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!