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April 30, 2009

'Lie to Me' steady despite lack of competition

110_betterhalf_097 UPDATED: Fox's American Idol and ABC's 100th episode of Lost went head-to-head last night while Barack Obama provided a ho-hum lead-in for both shows.

Fox won the night, with Lie to Me (7.8 million, 2.3 national adults 18-49 rating) was flat despite Fox opting out of carrying Obama's conference and taking advantage of the lack of entertainment programming on the Big Three networks. Lie was only up a tenth from last week. Given that the drama has been falling lately, however, maybe Lie was actually helped by the scheduling decision by more than what's apparent. Idol (22.4 million, 7.7) was down slightly.

CBS aired Criminal Minds (13.6 million, 3.3) and CSI: NY (12.5 million, 3.2), both on par with the last time they teamed up for original episodes. In third, ABC's Lost (9 million, 4.1) climbed a bit from last week with The Unusuals (4.9 million, 1.5) on par. NBC aired a repeat and Law & Order (7.8 million, 2.2). The CW's America's Next Top Model (4 million, 1.8) was on par. More on Obama's press conference.


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