American Idol Returns and Brings Winning Ratings to WNYW

The 11th season of American Idol is showing renewed life after subtracting judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, and adding Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Nikki Minaj. The show’s only carryovers¬†are Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest.

Last week’s meandering from city to city for auditions took the top spot for the week and number two.

The Wednesday night, two-hour Idol had an estimated 1.2 million WNYW viewers, according to Nielsen, with a 6.5 rating. The Thursday installment tied for second best with 1 million fans and a 5.4 rating.

It was deadlocked with 60 Minutes on WCBS and Modern Family on WABC.

A pair of CBS Monday night comedies were next. How I Met Your Mother was fifth (898,000/4.6), while 2 Broke Girls was number six (869,000/4.4).

There’s more from the Top 10 after the jump.


  • New York TV ratings. Week of January 27:
Finish Show Station Viewers Rating
7th Following WNYW 784K 4.0
8th Mike and Molly WCBS 769K 3.9
*9th Criminal Minds WCBS 747K 3.8
*9th Grey’s Anatomy WABC 747K 3.8
*9th Masterpiece Classic–Downton Abbey WNET 739K 3.8


The Idol lead-in gave equally impressive numbers for the Fox 5 at Ten on January 23. Ironically, it was the final edition of Greg Kelly co-anchoring that newscast, before heading back to the morning shift.

WNBC had just one entry for the week, the Pro Bowl game. It landed in 28th place with 516,000 viewers and a 2.6 rating.


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