Good news for Idol, from TV By the Numbers (though numbers are still down vs last season)
Tuesday night saw improved ratings vs. last week nearly everywhere in broadcast primetime, as the Fox tandem of American Idol and Glee still won the ratings race easily.
American Idol’s 6.7 adults 18-49 rating was up 12% vs. its fast affiliate ratings (6.0) from last week, while Glee’s 4.8 rating was down a tenth of a point (2%).
Both Idol fans/non-fans can note that the show’s down 9% in adults 18-49 vs. last season through the comparable date last year. That’s about the same decline as 2008-9 vs. 2007-8, so no big surprise there.
American Idol (Fox)
Viewers: 18.70 million (#1), A18-49: 6.6 rating/19 share (#1)
Viewers: 16.93 million (#2), A18-49: 3.8/10 (#2)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Viewers: 12.40 million (#3), A18-49: 2.5/ 7 (#4)
Viewers: 11.69 million (#2), A18-49: 4.8/12 (#1)