This Wednesday's ratings notes:

" With an audience of 12.56 million total viewers, Bones enjoyed its best outing in a year and its second-largest audience ever.

" Friday Night Lights (6.86 million) soared almost a mil, delivering its best numbers since the series' Oct. 3 premiere. (PS. Did you see the Ausiello Report's latest casting scooplet?)

" ABC seems to have solved its comedy conundrum: Despite a loss of 1.7 million viewers when compared to According to Jim, The Knights of Prosperity (5.25 million) boosted its previous tally by a mil, and the 8 o'clock block was up a hair overall. The 9 pm combo of Jim (5.75 mil, down 400K) and In Case of Emergency (4.57 mil, up 1.6 mil thanks to a stronger lead-in) was up two million overall.

" Beauty and the Geek (4.08 million) was up a mil. (Because someone will ask.)

" American Idol (31.45 million) dominated at 9, yet slipped two mil week-to-week (and that's versus a Criminal Minds repeat).

" A warmed-over CSI: NY (10.6 million) bested a surging Medium (9.83 mil, up a mil).