Part 1 ‘Idol’ Finale Scores Big for Fox

May 24, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Fox was the easy winner Tuesday night with the first part of its “American Idol” finale and the season finale of its medical drama “House.”

At 8 p.m. (ET), “Idol” scored an 11.8 preliminary national rating in adults 18 to 49, a number that includes live-plus-same-day viewing, according to Nielsen Media Research.

That easily made “Idol,” which featured the final singing showdown between hopefuls Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee, the top-rated show for the night in the demo. The final Tuesday “Idol” show was up 2 percent from its performance last year and up 10 percent from last week’s Tuesday night adults 18 to 49 numbers.

“Idol’s” lead-out, “House,” was the second-highest program for the night in adults 18 to 49, scoring a 10.3. “House” enjoyed its highest ratings ever in adults 18 to 49.

The other broadcasters attempted to counterprogram. CBS scored a 3.5 in adults 18 to 49 with its three-hour presentation of the “41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards,” while ABC scored a 2.5 in the demo with its three-hour TV movie “Stephen King’s Desperation.”

NBC was the fourth-rated network for the night in adults 18 to 49 with its hour block of “Most Outrageous TV Moments” (1.7) and the second two-hour installment of the TV movie “10.5: Apocalypse” (2.2).