Wednesday night's edition of American Idol -- a "performance" night that was delayed because of President Obama's address to Congress on Tuesday -- drew an average of 24.25 million viewers, down 12 percent from a year ago when a "results" night recorded 27.55 million. NBC's The Biggest Loser was a distant second in the 8 00 p.m. hour, as it attracted 8.73 million viewers. CBS's Criminal Minds took over the runner-up spot at 9 00 p.m., as Criminal Minds drew 13.98 million viewers. CBS moved into first place at 10 00 p.m. with CSI NY recording 12.69 million viewers. ABC kicked off the night with a rerun of last week's episode of Lost , which wound up in fourth place with 4.97 million viewers. A fresh episode at 9 00 p.m. averaged 9.82 million viewers, twice the number of viewers who tuned in the previous hour -- but a fraction of what the series attracted in its heyday.

26/02/2009