Idol and Dancing Take Top Spots of Week

As with most weeks, American Idol and Dancing With The Stars grabbed the top of the ratings list. As Idol‘s four remaining finalists competed, the program was number one in New York, according to the Nielsen Company.

The Wednesday night performance episode on Fox 5/WNYW tallied an estimated 1.8 million viewers with an 8.9 rating. The elimination broadcast on Thursday was third (1.6 million/8.2).

As for Dancing on WABC, it landed at number two (1.7 million/8.5), four (1.3 million/6.8), and six (936,000/4.6).   

Perennial Top 5, 60 Minutes found its comfort zone, on WCBS, at number five (968,000/4.8).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

Rounding out the weekly Top 10

  • Seventh                Glee                         WNYW      (865,000/4.3)
  • Eighth         The Good Wife                WCBS         (854,000/4.2)
  • *Ninth                 NCIS                           WCBS        (833,000/4.1)
  • *Ninth     Desperate Housewives   WABC      (826,000/4.1)


WNBC made only two appearances in the Top 30—Law and Order: SVU (17th/683,000/3.4) and new talent competition The Voice (20th/640,000/3.2).

The Red Sox and Yankees cracked the Top 30 for their weekend series. On Friday night, the game broadcast on the YES Network reached number 28 (535,000/2.7).  Saturday night, Fox moved their game of the week to prime time. It landed at number 25 (582,000/2.9). ESPN also showcased the Yankees and Red Sox Sunday night with a 20th-place finish (647,000/3.2).