‘Idol’ Continues to Slip in Ratings, But Fox Continues to Destroy the Competition

Mar 17, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s “American Idol” continued to dip in the ratings, down 9% Wednesday in the 18-49 demo from a week ago and also down 9% from the comparable episode last season, TVbytheNumbers.com reported. But its numbers were still easily strong enough to annihilate the competition and give Fox a big win for the night.

Fox ended the night with a 7.4 average rating in adults 18-49, crushing CBS (3.1 average), Univision (1.7), ABC (1.5) and NBC (1.1). Fox was just as dominant in total viewers, averaging 22.2 million for the night to 11.5 million for CBS, 4.7 million for ABC, 4.3 million for Univision and 3.9 million for NBC.

At 8 p.m. the first hour of "Idol" averaged a 6.85 in the 18-49 demo, ahead of CBS’s "Survivor," which logged a mean score of 3.15 in the same demo for the hour. NBC’s "Minute to Win It" had an average of 0.9 and CW’s "America’s Next Top Model," averaged 0.85.

At 9 p.m. hour two of "Idol" rose to a 7.95 average in the 18-49 demo for the hour, while CBS’s "Criminal Minds" netted a mean score of 3.55. CW’s "Shedding for the Wedding" averaged a 0.4 in the 18-49 demo for the hour.

The 10 p.m. hour was won by CBS’s "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" with a 2.55 average in the 18-49 demo, besting ABC’s "Off the Map" with a mean score of 1.35.

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