Updated Season 6 ratings chart. Just for you groovy peeps.
The placement of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” next to “American Idol” got top marks for Fox — and delivered the highest series premiere on any network in viewership in nearly nine years.
That was in addition to the 90-minute “American Idol” that averaged 30.6 million viewers and a 12.2/30 in the demo.
Things were looking good for Fox all around, with “Idol” up 1% from the same night last year and up 3% compared with last Tuesday, when there were 12 male contestants, not the 10 like last night. But the “5th Grader” premiere was the surprise, retaining 93% of its demo lead-in and 88% of the “Idol” viewership.
Yes, Tuesday’s Top 20 show ratings exceeded the same night from Season 5:
|Tue 02/28||Top 10 Girls||12.4/31||30m|
However, TPTB must be totally in love with the Antonella racy pics scandal. Compare last week’s (2/12-2/18) Top 24 ratings with the same week–Top 24–from last year:
|Tue 2/21||Top 12 Girls||13.0/30||30.2m|
|We 2/22||Top 12 Guys||13.5/33||31.7m|
|Thu 2/23||Top 24 Results||9.9/24||23.4m|
|Tue 2/21||Top 12 Guys||11.8/30||29.5m|
|Wed 2/22||Top 12 Girls||12.3/31||30.5m|
|Thu 2/23||Top 24 Results||9.0/23||24.4m|
Both Tuesday and Wednesday night’s Season 6 Top 24 shows were down from last year–by around 1 million viewers. This past Tuesday saw a bump, probably from the scandal.
Ratings for last week, 2/12-2/18, had ABC’s Road to the Oscars and Grey’s Anatomy both ahead of Tuesday (#5) and Thursday’s (#6) American Idol telecasts at #2 and #3 respectively. The Oscar Telecast was #1 for the week, with American Idol’s Wednesday telecast behind it at #2.
“Idol” averaged 29.6 million viewers and an 11.8/30 in the demo between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
|Wed 3/1||Top 10 Guys||12.2/31||29.6m|
The 18-34 demo is higher, but the total viewers are about the same.
“American Idol” averaged 27.1 million viewers and a 10.4 rating/26 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary data released Friday by Nielsen Media Research.
|Thu 3/2||Top 20 Results||10.9/27||27.8m|
Hmmm. Season 5’s comparable Thursday night ratings were higher.
While the first few week’s of Idol saw huge ratings increases from last year, the ratings margin between Season 5 and Season 6 appears to be narrowing as the new season progresses…