Among African American households, “American Idol” was a bigger prize than the Oscars, according to data from Nielsen Media Research. The following chart shows the top-rated shows in African American households for the week ending Feb. 24.
|1. American Idol-Tuesday||Fox||16.9||3,592|
|2. American Idol-Wednesday||Fox||16.0||3,187|
|3. American Idol-Thursday Special||Fox||13.4||2,743|
|4. 80th Annual Academy Awards||ABC||11.6||2,151|
|5. Don’t Forget the Lyrics||Fox||10.4||2,128|
|6. Oscar’s Red Carpet||ABC||8.9||1,580|
|7. 60 Minutes||CBS||7.9||1,406|
|8. Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles||Fox||7.7||1,456|
|9. Without a Trace||CBS||7.6||1,307|
|10. CSI: Miami||CBS||7.5||1,548|
|10. Prison Break||Fox||7.5||1,414|
Source: Nielsen Media Research. Viewing estimates on this page include live viewing and DVR playback on the same day, defined as 3 a.m. to 3 a.m. Ratings are the percentage of TV homes in the U.S. tuned into television.