Ratings News Week 7

Updated Season 6 ratings chart.    Just for you groovy peeps.  

Tuesday’s preliminary ratings:

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:

Season 5:

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

Season 6:

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.

Wednesday’s preliminary ratings:

“Idol” averaged 29.6 million viewers and an 11.8/30 in the demo between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Season 5:

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.

Thursday’s preliminary ratings:

“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.

Season 5:

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…

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