American Idol Ratings – No Longer the Death Star

Here are the Nielsen Tuesday fast overnights from Marc Berman:

 -Ratings Breakdown:
Two-hours of American Idol led Fox to another solid Tuesday victory. But the home of NCIS and The Mentalist, CBS, was still a force to reckon with in total viewers. And NBC finished in the distant No. 2 spot among adults 18-49 as a result of The Biggest Loser.

American Idol averaged 25.10 million viewers and a 9.5 rating/23 share from 8-10 p.m., building by half-hour as follows:

American Idol (Fox)
8:00 p.m. ‘ Viewers: 23.02 million, A18-49: 8.4 rating/23 share
8:30 p.m. ‘ Viewers: 25.64 million, A18-49: 9.6/24
9:00 p.m. ‘ Viewers: 25.96 million, A18-49: 9.9/24
9:30 p.m. ‘ Viewers: 25.80 million, A18-49: 9.9/23

As a comparison: First live semifinal episode

  • Season 7: 29.0M 11.3/27
  • Season 6: 29.5M 11.8/30
  • Season 5: 30.2M 13.0/30
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