‘Idol’ Keeps Winning Despite Ratings Slippage

Mar 26, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Fox and “American Idol” took the ratings crown Tuesday night, although it was the reality phenom’s lowest score so far this season.
According to preliminary Nielsen numbers, “Idol,” which ran from 8 to 9:30 p.m., posted a 9.6 rating/24 share in the 18 to 49 demographic, down from last Tuesday’s season-low 10.3/25 performance. It nonetheless provided a strong lead-in to “’Til Death,” which won the 9:30 to 10 half-hour with a 4.6/11. Fox’s average for the night in the demo was an 8.3/21.
ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” recap from 8-9 p.m. and a “Dancing” results show the following hour were good for second place with a 2.1/5 and a 3.8/9, respectively. ABC News’ “Primetime: What Would You Do?” in the 10 p.m. hour delivered a series high for the network with a 3.2/9 in the demo. ABC’s average for the night was a 3.0/8 among viewers 18 to 49.
The two-hour “The Biggest Loser: Couples” on NBC at 8 p.m. registered third in the demo with an 18-49 average of 3.1/8, followed by a “Law and Order: SVU” repeat that posted a 2.6/7, good for second place in that slot. For the night, NBC averaged a 2.9/8 in the demo.
CBS’ “Big Brother” (2.3/5) and the “Jericho” finale (1.9/5) were right around par, while a repeat of “NCIS” (1.9/5) dipped a bit from last week. CBS was fourth for the night in the demo with a 2.0/5.
The CW’s “Beauty and the Geek” (0.7/2) dropped a tenth of a point from its premiere numbers in its third week and a repeat of “Reaper” pulled down a 0.6/2. The CW ended the night with a 0.7/2 in its target 18-34 demo.

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