American Idol Makes a Ratings Comeback

Nieslen fast overnight ratings from Marc Berman:

-Ratings Breakdown:
Led by the two-hour performance edition of American Idol, Fox won Wednesday, with a hefty advantage above second-place CBS of 14.01 million viewers and 6.2 rating points among adults 18-49. In the distant No. 3 spot was ABC, followed by NBC and the CW.

American Idol, which aired one day later due to President Obama speech on Tuesday, averaged a healthy 25.60 million viewers and a 9.1 rating/24 share among adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m., building by half-hour as follows:

American Idol (Fox)
8:00 p.m. ‘ Viewers: 22.40 million, A18-49: 7.7/23
8:30 p.m. ‘ Viewers: 26.26 million, A18-49: 9.2/24
9:00 p.m. ‘ Viewers: 26.31 million, A18-49: 9.3/23
9:30 p.m. ‘ Viewers: 27.44 million, A18-49: 10.1/24

The Obama speech bump to Wednesday night didn’t hurt this week’s performance show–the ratings are up more than 10% over last week’s 21.54 million viewers and an 8.0 rating/22 share.

Idol had less competition last night than it typically does on Tuesday night, when NCIS and the Mentalist hold their own in the 8-10pm hours.   Idol also normally competes against the Dancing with the Stars results show.

Last year’s Top 10 Performance episode had 24.8M viewers.

About mj santilli 34997 Articles
Founder and editor of, home of the awesomest fan community on the net. I love cheesy singing shows of all kinds, whether reality or scripted. I adore American Idol, but also love The Voice, Glee, X Factor and more!