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‘Idol’ Propels Fox to Weekly Win in Demo

Feb 1, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s one-two punch of “American Idol” on Tuesdays and Wednesdays gave the network the No.1 spot in the adults 18 to 49 demographic, but CBS was able to win the week ended Jan. 30 in total viewers.

The top-rated show of the week in the demo was the Tuesday night airing of music reality competition “American Idol,” which scored a 12.1 rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. The Wednesday night “Idol” was second with an 11.2, followed by NBC’s “ER” (9.1), CBS’s “CSI” (7.3) and NBC’s third installment of “The Apprentice” (7.1).

“Idol” also took the top two spots in total viewers with Tuesday night’s show pulling in 28.06 million and Wednesday garnering 26.57 million. “CSI” was third with 21.82 million, followed by “ER” (19.75 million) and CBS’s Sunday night “Hallmark Hall of Fame” TV movie “Magic of Ordinary Days” (18. 67 million).

CBS’s Friday night procedural drama “Numb3rs” debuted in the No. 15 spot in adults 18 to 49 with a 5.0 rating, tying Fox’s “House,” and was ranked No. 11 in total viewers with 15.46 million.

Fox won the week in the demo with a 4.5, followed by NBC (3.9), CBS (3.7), ABC (3.5), The WB (1.5) and UPN (1.1).

In total viewers CBS led with 12.67 million, followed by NBC (10.69 million), Fox (10.36 million), ABC (9.42 million), The WB (3.62 million) and UPN (2.92 million).