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'Idol' out front Wed. but 'Skating' slips

19 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

American Idol mowed down everything in its path Wednesday, but ABC made it a horse race at 9 p.m. with Lost squaring off against the premiere of Fox's Skating With Celebrities. Idol opened up the second night of its fifth-season premiere with no less than 31.7 million viewers and an eye-popping 13.0 rating/33 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. The rest of the 8 p.m. competition combined couldn't match Idol's oomph; UPN's new drama South Beach (1.7 million, 0.7/2) and NBC's E-Ring (7.9 million, 1.9/5) in particular took a drubbing. At 9 p.m., however, Skating (18.7 million, 7.2/17) slipped to No. 2 against Lost (19.1 million, 8.0/18), which was a feat for Lost given Skating's lead-in advantage. CBS' Criminal Minds (14.1 million, 4.0/9), which has performed well against Lost in recent weeks, felt the pinch but still managed to spike from its 8:30 p.m. Yes, Dear (7.1 million, 2.2/5) lead-in. »

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