Three American Idol Episodes Take Top Spots for Week

In the latest prime time ratings, American Idol came in win, place, and show for the week ending March 6.

Idol, which airs on WNYW/Fox 5 in New York, held its first live broadcasts of season 10. Taking number one was the Thursday night two-hour elimination show (2 million/9.9 rating). The two performance shows held down second and third place. They averaged 1.8 million Fox 5 viewers with a rating of 9.1, according to the Nielsen Company.

The Fox 5 News at 10 used its Idol lead-in to crack the Top 30 twice. The Thursday night newscast had a number 14 showing (722,000/3.6). The WNYW signature newscast with Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander also tied for 30th following the Wednesday night Idol.

The week wasn’t all about Idol, though.

60 Minutes topped 1 million watchers on WCBS, as it reached fourth with a 5.2.

MTV’s Jersey Shore, at number five, had one of its best ratings of the season (917,000/4.5). It tied with NCIS on WCBS with 905,000 and Desperate Housewives on WABC.

Rounding out the Top 10 after the jump.

  •   Eighth          NCIS: L.A.                         WCBS     (847,000/4.2)
  • *Eighth          The Good Wife                WCBS     (845,000/4.2)
  •    10th             Two and a Half Men     WCBS    (800,000/4.0)
  •  *10th            Secret Millionaire          WABC  (799,000/4.0)
    *tied

WNBC had its highest rating with the season premiere of Celebrity Apprentice at number 16 (682,000/3.4).