‘Idol’ Outshines State of the Union

Jan 24, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Coverage of the president’s State of the Union Address blanketed the 9 p.m. hour among all the major networks, while “American Idol” at 8 p.m. earned a higher rating than all four network airings of the Address combined.

“Idol” garnered a 12.6 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures. That’s a 20 percent drop from last week’s two-hour season premiere, but Fox points out the singing competition is still up 7 percent compared to its State of the Union-night telecast last year.

With an “Idol” lead-in, Fox’s State of the Union coverage was the highest rated among the networks, earning a 4.3. NBC’s coverage was second with a 2.6, followed by CBS and ABC tied with a 2.1.

Fox won the night thanks to “Idol,” followed by CBS, which had “NCIS” at 8 p.m. (3.3). NBC was third with “Dateline” at 8 pm. (1.8). ABC was fourth with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.4).

The CW had episodes of “Gilmore Girls” (1.7) and “Veronica Mars” (1.5).

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