‘Idol’ Leads Fox to Another Nightly Ratings Win

Feb 4, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Ratings for the new season of “American Idol” are off from past seasons, but they’re still strong enough to give Fox nightly wins in the prime-time tallies. It happened again Thursday, when Fox ended the night as the top network in the 18-49 demo and–by a narrower margin–in total viewers, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

Fox wound up with an average rating of 5.4 in adults 18-49 for the night, well ahead of ABC and CBS, which both averaged 3.1, and NBC, which averaged a 2.3 rating. Things were tighter in total viewers, but Fox came out ahead with an average of 16.0 million to 13.7 million for CBS. ABC had 8.7 million and NBC averaged 4.7 million.

At 8 p.m. "Idol" averaged a 7.45 rating in the 18-49 demographic, ahead of CBS’s "Big Bang Theory" and "$#*! My Dad Says," with a 4.3 average and a 2.8, respectively, in the same demo. ABC’s "Wipeout" averaged a 2.5 in that demo for the hour, and NBC’s "Community" and "Perfect Couples" collected a 2.0 and a 1.4, respectively, in the same demo. CW’s "Vampire Diaries" had a 1.45 in the 18-49 demo.

ABC won the 9 p.m. hour, with "Grey’s Anatomy" earning a 4.2 for the hour in the 18-49 demo, while Fox’s "Bones" averaged a 3.35 in the same demo. NBC’s "The Office" and "Parks & Recreation" logged a 3.7 and a 2.5, respectively, in that demo, and CBS’s "CSI" netted a 2.95. CW’s "Nikita’ averaged a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo for the hour.

At 10 p.m. CBS’s "The Mentalist" barely won the hour with a 2.85 in the 18-49 demo, while ABC’s "Private Practice" collected a 2.6 in the same demo. NBC’s "30 Rock" and "Outsourced" earned a 2.4 and a 1.8, respectively, in the 18-49 demographic.

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