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IDOL TAKES TO THE FIELD, CLOBBERED BY NFL

January 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

American Idol returned to the air last week, but it failed to give Fox its usual ratings win for the week, as it does throughout most of the season. The reasons seemingly had little to do with the fact that Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres no longer appear as judges on the show and everything to do with tough competition from CBS, which drew record-breaking ratings for its telecast of the AFC Championship game between the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers, which averaged 54.9 million viewers. Of those, 31.5 million stayed tuned for the post-game show, which drew 31.5 million viewers. Wednesday’s season premiere of Idol ranked third on the Nielsen list with 26.2 million viewers. Overall, CBS posted a solid 7.2 rating and a 12 share for the week, while Fox averaged a 5.9/9. ABC placed third with a 4.5/7, while NBC trailed with a 3.9/6.


The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:

1. AFC Championship, CBS, 28.3/43; 2. AFC Championship Post-Game, CBS, 17.0/26; 3. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 14.2/22; 4. NCIS, CBS, 12.7/20; 5. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 12.5/20; 6. Hawaii Five-0 (Sunday), CBS, 11.3/19; 7. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 10.6/17; 8. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 9.3/14; 9. The Mentalist, CBS, 9.2/16; 10. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 8.5/13.