TV Ratings: CBS sings, 'Goode' not great on Wednesday


Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Now that FOX's "American Idol" is gone for the summer, CBS had a chance to move to the front of the pack with its own musical programming Wednesday night.

CBS came in first place with a 6.4 rating/11 share for the night, ahead of FOX's second-place 5.2/9. NBC came in third with 4.2/7, then ABC, 3.2/5, and The CW, 0.8/1.

It was still FOX's game when it came to adults 18-49 though. The network earned a 3.5 in the coveted demo, while CBS took second with a 2.1, followed by ABC, 1.9, NBC, 1.5, and The CW, 0.5.

CBS kicked off the night at 8 p.m. with a 5.9/10 for its first hour of the " George Strait: ACM Artist of the Decade All-Star Concert." ABC brought in the schadenfreude audience with the premiere of its obstacle-course alternate programming "Wipeout," 4.9/9, for second place. FOX wasn't far behind with its first hour of "So You Think You Can Dance" auditions, 4.7/9, while NBC's "Law & Order: CI" took a 3.6/6. The CW's "America's Next Top Model" repeat came in last with a 0.9/2.

At 9 p.m. CBS' concert, 7.6/12, picked up in its second hour, as did FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance," 5.7/9. NBC's repeat of "Law & Order: SVU" got third place, 4.6/7, well ahead of fourth place ABC, whose premiere of the animated "The Goode Family" dropped it down to a 2.5/4, averaging a 2.2/3 when paired with "Surviving Suburbia" (1.9/3) for the hour, a significant drop for the sitcom without its usual "Dancing With the Stars" lead-in. The CW still trailed with a repeat of "Hitched or Ditched."

CBS maintained its lead in the 10 o'clock hour with a repeat of "Criminal Minds," 5.8/10, whild NBC's "Law & Order" repeat got a 4.5/8. ABC's dying "The Unusuals" finished with a 2.6/4.

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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