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Whether or not Jermaine Jones' American Idol disqualification was a ratings ploy all along, it didn't do much to lift the show's numbers.

Wednesday's two-hour episode — which teased Jones' dismissal for concealing a criminal past at the start before showing the pre-taped footage more than an hour later — drew 17.9 million viewers and a 5.3 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, down slightly from last week. The show, however, easily won the night that saw most series take big hits.

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