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ABC Slips with ‘Oprah,’ Comedy Block While ‘Idol’ Dominates

Mar 4, 2010  •  Post A Comment

 Another Wednesday, another ratings win for Fox’s "American Idol," reports tvbythenumbers.com.  

"Idol" took the ratings reins, posting an 8.5 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic, easily giving Fox a first place victory. 

CBS placed second for the night, but its Wednesday night sitcom block suffered as it returned to originals after the Olympics. "The New Adventures of Old Christine" slipped 26% from its last original episode to a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo, while "Gary Unmarried" dropped 17% to a 2.0 rating. 

ABC’s comedies were also depressed, with "The Middle" (2.1 rating), "Modern Family" (3.5 rating) and "Cougar Town" (2.4 rating) off double-digits from their last original episodes, 28%, 15% and 11% respectively.

"The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special" didn’t fare any better as its 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo was off 19% from the last original "Ugly Betty" that aired in the time slot.

ABC’s dip was NBC’s gain as it crawled up to third place, averaging a 2.3 rating for the night.  

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