Here ya go–this week’s updated Season 6 American Idol ratings chart. And, here are the preliminary Nielsen numbers for this week:
Fox’s “American Idol” delivered another dominating performance Tuesday as 29.4 million viewers tuned in to watch the remaining 11 finalists perform, according to early Nielsen estimates. The two-hour “Idol” edition averaged an 11.6 rating/30 share among adults 18-49, more than all other broadcast networks combined.
The only other net to crack the 3 rating point range in 18-49 Tuesday was CBS with “NCIS” (3.6/10) and “The Unit” (3.3/8).
According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “American Idol” (10.1 rating/26 share in adults 18-49, 26.3 million viewers overall) dominated the 9 o’clock half-hour, beating the other four English-language broadcast networks combined by 3 shares in 18-49. That led into a winning score for comedy “Til Death” (5.9/15 in 18-49, 14.6 million viewers overall), which was on par with the previous week, when it was relaunched behind “Idol.”
Season 5, 33.3 million viewers tuned in for the Top 11 Performance show, according to Nielsen numbers. That’s versus 29.4 million for this year’s Top 11. 27.6 million viewers tuned in for Season 5’s Top 11 results show, versus 26.3 million this year.
However, Variety reminds us that Daylight Savings Time started 3 weeks early this year, and is having an effect on TV viewership overall–down 6% from last year. FYI, Daylight Savings time occurred during Week 12 last year.
ETA: Reader Kirsten points out in comments, that while TV viewership is down 6% from last year, the difference between 33.3 million and 29.4 million Idol viewers is 12%….
Voting totals were down again this week: