'Idol' Finalist Episode Pulls in Ratings Win
March 6, 2009 11:26 AM
Foxs American Idol welcomed its 13 finalists for the season on Thursday night, and won the distinction of being the No. 1 show Thursday night.
During the 8 p.m. hour, Idols wild card round scored a 7.5 rating/20 share among adults 18-49 and 21.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures.
The shows overall performance is estimated to increase once the five-minute overrun into the 9 p.m. hour is factored in later today. Last night’s episode was up 6% from last weeks episode, but down 20% from its comparable night last year, making Its the second lowest-rated episode of the season. A new Hell’s Kitchen (4.6/12, 10.6 million) posted a 6% improvement over last week. Overall, Fox finished on top of the ratings with a 6.1/16 (15.9 million).
New episodes on CBS gave the network second place for the night with an average 4.0/11 (15 million). At 8 p.m. a new episode of Survivor: Tocantins scored a 3.8/10 (12 million), matching its previous series low (excluding a Thanksgiving episode). New episodes of CSI (5.3/13, 20.8 million) and Eleventh Hour (3.0/8, 12.2 million) matched their previous season-to-date averages.
NBC finished third (3.2/9, 7.2 million) with solid performances by The Office (4.5/11, 8.6 million) and ER (3.5/10, 8.8 million), which won the 10 p.m. hour and scored its best delivery in two months. In the 8 p.m. hour, My Name Is Earl pulled a 2.2/6 (5.6 million) and Kath & Kim earned a 1.8/5 (4.2 million). A new episode of 30 Rock (3.8/9, 7.4 million) was also on the high side.
A new series low for Ugly Betty(1.7/5, 6.4 million) and repeats of Greys Anatomy and Private Practice gave ABC fourth for the night (1.6/4, 5.5 million).
The CW averaged a 0.8/2 (2.1 million) with repeats of Smallville and Supernatural.