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‘Idol’ Takes Tuesday Despite ‘NYPD’ Finale, ‘Race’ Premiere

Mar 2, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s “American Idol” was the highest-rated show Tuesday in the adults 18 to 49 demo, easily beating both the two-hour premiere of the seventh installment of CBS’s “The Amazing Race” and the series finale of ABC’s long-running police drama “NYPD Blue.”

“Idol” scored an 11.0 preliminary national rating in the demo, according to Nielsen Media Research. Coming in second for the night in the demo was “Idol” lead-out “House,” which scored a 6.2. “Blue” was third for the night with a 5.2, followed by “Race,” which scored a 4.9.

“Blue,” which won its 10 p.m. (ET) time period, scored its largest audience in more than three years (16.0 million viewers) and its top rating in the demo in more than two years. Compared with its average this season (9.8 million viewers and 3.3 in adults 18 to 49), “Blue” was up by 63 percent in viewers and by 58 percent in the demo.

“Race” was down 2 percent in the demo from the premiere of the sixth installment (4.9 versus 5.0).

Fox took the night in adults 18 to 49 with an 8.6, followed by CBS (4.3), ABC (4.1), NBC (3.1), The WB (2.0) and UPN (1.3).