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April 23, 2009

Fox wins Wednesday, 'Lie to Me' drops

Lil rounds Fox topped Wednesday night with Lie to Me and American Idol against a stacked deck of competitors' repeats. The singing competition's results show (23.3 million viewers, 8.1 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) eliminated two contestants -- Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai -- and roughly matched last week's number. But Tim Roth's detective procedural Lie (7.9 million, 2.3) fell a couple of tenths from its last airing two weeks ago.

Lie started its run in midseason, dueling Lost for control of 9 p.m. and supported by its hefty Idol lead-in. The procedural mystery started to slip in the ratings, slowly at first, then was shifted to open the night at 8 p.m. and its drops became more severe. Last night Lie still managed to win 8 p.m., but against a feeble lineup of repeats and ABC comedies.

CBS was second for the evening with repeats and a special airing of Criminal Minds (13.5 million, 3.5) at 10 p.m. Minds easily won the hour and actually outperformed its prior airing in its regular 9 p.m. time period, where it faces Idol

Third-place ABC aired Scrubs (4.7 million, 1.8) and Better Off Ted (4.2 million, 1.7), both of which slipped a bit from last week, followed by a Lost clip show (6.6 million, 2.9) and The Unusuals (5 million, 1.6), up a tenth from last night's low. NBC was NBR (Nothing But Repeats).

The CW's America's Next Top Model (4 million, 1.9) was up a peg to come in second in the 8 p.m. hour, followed by a repeat.

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