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Familiar Story for Fox: ‘Idol’ Is Down, But the Network Chalks Up Another Easy Ratings Win

Mar 18, 2011  •  Post A Comment

In programming other than CBS’s NCAA Basketball Tournament coverage–where the regional nature of the live event makes it impossible to compare overnight ratings–Fox was the runaway winner Thursday night, even as “American Idol” continued to fall short of its numbers from last week, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

Fox finished the night with a 4.5 rating in adults 18-49, well ahead of ABC (1.7), Univision (1.6) and NBC (1.5). Fox also had a big win in total viewers, averaging 15.5 million to 5.8 million for ABC, 4.8 million for Univision and 3.8 million for NBC.

At 8 p.m. the "Idol" results show netted an average of 5.55 in the 18-49 demographic for the hour, ahead of ABC’s "Wipeout," which had a 2.05 in the same demo. NBC’s "Community" and "Perfect Couples" collected a 1.7 and a 1.2, respectively, in the 18-49 demo.

Fox’s "Bones" was tops at 9 p.m., earning a 3.35 average in the 18-49 demo, well ahead of ABC’s "Private Practice’s" 1.85 average in that same demo. At 9:30 a new "Parks & Recreation" on NBC logged a 1.8 in the same demo.

At 10 p.m. NBC’s "30 Rock" and "Outsourced" had a 1.7 and a 1.4, respectively, in the 18-49 demo.

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