Idol Takes Weekly Top Spot, But Dancing Season Premiere Squeezes Into Number Two

American Idol found its way to the top of the weekly ratings in New York. The Fox talent competition scored with an estimated 2.1 million WNYW fans and a 10.5 rating for the two-hour performance show Wednesday, according to the Nielsen Company.

However, unlike most weeks, Idol did not grab the 1-2 punch atop the prime time survey. Instead, the season debut of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars bookended Idol broadcasts with a number two (1.9 million, 9.6).

As for Idol, the riveting results show, where Casey Abrams was saved from elimination by the judges, landed at number three (1.7 million/8.7).

Fox 5 News at Ten with Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander, using the Idol lead-in to their advantage, had a Top 10 finish on Wednesday night (845,000/4.2).

60 Minutes cracked the Top 5 with a number-four showing for the week. The show had 1.3 million WCBS viewers with a 6.6 rating.

The rest of the Top 10 after the jump.

Rounding out the Top 10

  • Fifth            WCBS                          NCIS            (1 million/4.9)
  • Sixth          WCBS                 The Good Wife  (975,000/4.8)
  • Seventh    WCBS                     NCIS: L.A.      (949,000/4.7)
  • Eighth       MTV                    Jersey Shore   (921,000/4.6)
  • Ninth        WABC               Modern Family (871,000/4.3

WNBC had its first appearance in the Top 30 at number 17 with Law and Order: SVU (713,000/3.5).

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