Fox's American Idol on Wednesday night may have captured 3 million fewer viewers than it did a year earlier -- but no other regular show on TV can draw 24.90 million viewers as Idol did. Even better news for Fox was a big win in the 8 00 p.m. hour for its recently relocated drama Lie to Me , which drew 11.12 million viewers, up from 10.20 million a week earlier. CBS took the lead at 10 00 p.m. with CSI New York which counted 13.52 million viewers. Meanwhile, struggling NBC debuted the new reality game show The Chopping Block at 8 00 p.m. -- and got chopped. The show attracted only 3.98 million viewers in the 8 00 p.m. hour versus 10.19 million for Deal or No Deal, which occupied that spot last year.

12/03/2009