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April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Talk about a “fallen idol!” Last week, Fox’s American Idol, which once dominated the Nielsen ratings, fell out of the top 20 for the first time. The talent contest, which reached its peak in 2007 with an average audience of more than 30 million and which continues to hold the record for the number of consecutive seasons (8) at No. 1, attracted 8.9 million viewers for its Wednesday edition (21st place) and 7.6 million on Thursday (27th place), its lowest numbers ever. It fared only slightly better among the 18-49 age group with the Wednesday show landing in 18th place and Thursday’s in 22nd. The Kentucky-Connecticut NCAA championship game on CBS easily took first place for the week with 21.2 million viewers. CBS’s NCIS ranked second with 17.4 million viewers, followed by The Big Bang Theory at No. 3. ABC’s Dancing with the Stars placed fourth among total adult viewers (but only 14th among the 18-49 demo) tying with NCIS Los Angeles. Among the evening newscasts, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer scored a rare victory in the key demo (for newscasts) of 25-54, the first time it had done so since last July. However, among total adult viewers, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams remained comfortably ahead with 8.2 million viewers to ABC’s 7.4 million. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley trailed with 6.4 million viewers. Overall, CBS, with a 6.2 average household rating and an 11 share, held a substantial lead over its rivals. ABC was a distant second with a 4.0 rating and a 7 share, followed by Fox with a 3.5/6. Fox trailed with a 3.0/5.