‘Idol’ Powers Fox to Ratings Win–Even With Big Numbers for Sheen on ABC’s ’20/20′

Mar 2, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Even on a night when Charlie Sheen drew big numbers for his appearance on ABC’s “20/20,” it was Fox’s ratings juggernaut “American Idol” that won the night, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

The 90-minute “Idol” led Fox to an average rating of 6.5 for the night in the 18-49 demo, easily outpacing CBS (3.1 average), NBC (2.3) and ABC (2.1). Fox also won total viewers with an average of 18.1 million, although it got some competition from CBS with 15.4 million. NBC (6.4 million) and ABC (6.2 million) were well off the pace.

At 8 p.m. hour one of "American Idol" netted a mean score of 7.35 in the 18-49 demographic, while CBS’s "NCIS" had a 3.8 average in the same demo and the first hour of NBC’s "The Biggest Loser" logged a 2.1 average in the 18-49 demo. Trailing in the hour were ABC’s "No Ordinary Family" with a 1.2, and CW’s "One Tree Hill" with a 0.75 average, both in the 18-49 demo.

At 9 p.m. Fox’s last half-hour of "Idol" averaged an 8.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, followed on the network by "Raising Hope" with an average of 3.4. CBS’s "NCIS: Los Angeles" averaged a 3.25 in the same demo, while hour two of "The Biggest Loser" had a 2.8 average in that demo. ABC’s "V" managed a mean score of 1.8 and CW’s "Hellcats" a 0.6, both in the 18-49 demo.

The 10 p.m. hour was won by the Charlie Sheen interview on ABC, where "20/20" clocked in with a 3.2 average in the 18-49 demo. CBS’s "The Good Wife" averaged a 2.2 rating and NBC’s "Parenthood" had a 1.95, both in the same 18-49 demo.

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