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‘Idol’ Beats Combined Network Competition

Apr 26, 2007  •  Post A Comment

“American Idol” closed its two-night “Idol Gives Back” event with a 10 rating in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic and an average 26.4 million viewers, according to early national data from Nielsen Media Research.

“Idol” beat its combined four-network competition easily, raising more than $30 million and counting for children’s charities in Africa and the United States, and sparing any of the six remaining contestants from the ax this week.

Not until “Idol” signed off at 10 p.m. did any other show on Wednesday night muster up a total audience of more than 10 million.

ABC’s “Lost” tied its lowest original rating ever with a 4.9 demo rating and 11.6 million total viewers to boost the Alphabet Network’s night to an average 2.7 demo rating and 6.9 million viewers.

CBS’s “CSI: NY” averaged a 3.2 rating in the demo and 11.2 million viewers, also hitting is lowest ever original rating. For the night, CBS finished with averages of a 2.6 demo and 9.5 million total viewers.

NBC peaked at “Crossing Jordan’s” 1.8 in the demo and 6.4 million total viewers and finished the night with an average demo rating of 1.9 and 6 million viewers.

The CW lineup averaged a 1.5 in the demo and 3.4 million total viewers.

(Editor: Romanelli)