‘American Idol’ Takes Top Spot in Weekly Ratings

For those who said that American Idol has seen its best days should know it was the number one show in New York last week.

The Wednesday night auditions was the highest-rated program with an estimated 2.2 million and 11.1 rating on WNYW, according to the Nielsen Company.

The next night’s Idol settled for number two (1.9 million/9.4).

Idol’s big numbers means the Fox 5 News at 10, once again, has its favorite lead-in.

The Wednesday night newscast anchored by Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander shot up to number six (863,000/4.3).

MTV’s Jersey Shore had its best showing this season, pulling in a third-place finish (1.1 million/5.5).

Even President Obama cracked the Top 10 —twice—with his State of the Union address. The speech on WABC was number seven (787,000/3.9), while he took ninth on WCBS (741,000/3.7).

The rest of the Top 10 after the jump.

Rounding out the Top 10

  • Fourth                      Blue Blood           WCBS       (1 million/4.9)
  • Fifth                          60 Minutes          WCBS       (919,000/4.6)
  • Eighth                     Criminal Minds   WCBS       (766,000/3.8)
  • *Tenth                          House              WNYW     (735,000/3.6)
  • *Tenth    *Hallmark Hall of Fame   WCBS      (724,000/3.6)
    (The Lost Valentine)         

WNBC’s highest-ranking was at number 13 with the drama Harry’s Law (682,000/3.4).

And while it was the bye week before the Super Bowl, fans itching for football tuned to Fox’s coverage of the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

The pre-game show (18th/605,000/3.0) on WNYW, though, performed better than the actual game (21st/587,000/2.9).