Here are the overnight Nielsen ratings for Wednesdays’ show, featuring the Charleston auditions.
On Wednesday’s ratings:
…”Idol” (26.8 million, 10.8/28) dominated the 8 p.m. hour; only NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” (13.8 million, 3.7/10) could muster any ratings against it in its 10-month high in the time period. Against “Truth, ” only CBS’ “Criminal Minds” (12.9 million, 3.2/8) was somewhat successful against it.
I’ve started a ratings chart for Season 7. These numbers are final, and may differ slightly from the Nielsen overnights. Final numbers can be found at TV Week and the Nielsen website. Have fun comparing and contrasting Season 7 to Season 6 and Season 5!
Interesting, Idol’s Wednesday edition was the lead in for a new reality show called Moment of Truth. Truth kept 94% of the Idol auditions audience. Moment Of Truth had an average audience of 23.2 million.
“Truth” averaged 23.2 million and a 10.2 rating/24 share in 18-49, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. Its 94% retention in 18-49 was the highest for any program coming out of “Idol”; it retained 87% of its viewership and actually gained in 18-34 and teens over “American Idol.” “Truth” stands as the highest-rated premiere so far this season.
Pretty amazing. The premise of the show, people making embarrassing confessions while hooked up to a lie detector (all for money) sounds pretty odious. Figures.