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