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Fox Wins Final Week of Season in Adults 18 to 49, Total Viewers

Jun 1, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Powered by the two final episodes of this season’s “American Idol,” Fox won the week ended May 29 in both the adults 18 to 49 demographic and total viewers. The 2005-06 season ended halfway through the week on Wednesday, May 25.

The Wednesday finale of “Idol” was the highest-rated program for the week in adults 18 to 49, scoring a 12.5 rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. Tuesday’s edition of “Idol” came in second with an 11.6, followed by the season finales of “Lost” (7.8), Fox’s medical drama “House” (7.7) and CBS procedural “CSI: Miami.”

In total viewers Wednesday’s “Idol” also took the top spot, garnering 30.3 million viewers. “Idol” Tuesday was second with 28.1 million viewers, followed by “CSI: Miami” (21.2 million), “Lost” (20.7 million) and “House” (19.5 million).

ABC’s perennial Sunday night performer “Desperate Housewives,” which aired its season finale the previous week, was preempted for the musical special “Nick & Jessica: Tour of Duty,” which came in No. 27 in the demo with a 2.4 and No. 43 in total viewers with 6.1 million.

Fox won the week in the demo with a 5.1, followed by NBC (2.8), CBS and ABC (both 2.6), UPN (1.2) and The WB (1.0).

Fox won in total viewers with 12.5 million, followed by CBS (9.4 million), NBC (7.8 million), ABC (7.2 million), UPN (2.8 million) and The WB (2.5 million).