Once again Wednesday night Fox's American Idol drew more viewers than all of the competing network shows combined. According to Nielsen overnight figures, Idol attracted 26.26 million viewers, while its closest rival, CBS's Criminal Minds , drew 8.54 million. Idol also provided some rather sturdy coattails for its leadout show, Lie to Me, to ride on. The problem was that only 45 percent of the Idol audience stayed tuned to Fox. Even so, the 13.01 million viewers for Lie to Me made it the No. 1 show in the 9 00 p.m. hour. NBC took over the lead at 10 00 p.m. with its old standby, Law & Order counting 8.69 million viewers and beating a repeat of CSI NY on CBS, which registered 7.54 million.

05/02/2009