Fox, the youngest and most youth-seeking of all the major networks, forever a laggard in the race to reach the most American TV sets, is poised to grab the No. 1 crown for the first time. Through Feb. 24, Fox had edged CBS in average prime-time viewers, 11.3 million to 10.9 million, and its advantage is likely to swell as American Idol, with Randy Jackson, left, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, builds to its May finale.
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