American Idol Rules Prime Time in Weekly Ratings

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By Jerry Barmash Comment

As American Idol transitioned into the Top 13 finalists, the Fox singing competition kept its stranglehold on the weekly New York ratings.

Idol‘s two-hour performance led the week, according to Nielsen, with an estimated 1.3 million WNYW/Channel 5 viewers and 7.0 rating. The elimination night had a number two result, garnering 1.2 million viewers and a 6.5 rating.

Incidentally, the Fox 5 News at Ten with Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander, once again, was the beneficiary of Idol’s strong lead-in Wednesday night. The newscast had a 19th-place showing (564,000/2.9).

Back to the Top 10, NBC’s The Voice had 1.1 million viewers with a 6.0 rating, and landed at number three.

There was the usual stability from 60 Minutes, with a fourth-place finish (867,000/4.4).

Two other CBS shows locked in at number five, Person of Interest (841,000/4.3) and The Mentalist (835,000/4.3).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

  • Seventh          The Amazing Race              WCBS  (811,000/4.2)
  • Eighth                Big Bang Theory                WCBS  (761,000/3.9)
  • Ninth                           NCIS                              WCBS  (725,000/3.7)
  • *Tenth         Desperate Housewives        WABC (712,000/3.6)
  • *Tenth                  Blue Bloods                      WCBS  (706,000/3.6)
  • *Tenth               The Good Wife                   WCBS  (696,000/3.6)

*tied