American Idol holds steady at #1 for Fox


Last night’s two-hour AMERICAN IDOL (6.0/16) is projected to rise to a 6.1 among Adults 18-49 this afternoon, tying last Wednesday’s telecast and up +3% from last Thursday’s Hollywood episode in both the core demo and Total Viewers.

* AMERICAN IDOL was the #1 program of the night among Adults 18-49, beating the #2 program in the demo (Modern Family) by +28% and in Total Viewers (Criminals Minds) by +56%
* Last night’s IDOL grew +29% from its first half hour to its last
* IDOL outperformed The Voice’s Monday telecast by +14% in Total Viewers and is projected to outperform it in the core adult demo when the final Nielsen ratings come in this afternoon.

FOX won the night among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Teens and Total Viewers and beat the next highest-rated network by +107% in the core demo and +66% in Total Viewers.  In fact, since AMERICAN IDOL premiered, FOX has won every single Wednesday and Thursday night among Adults 18-49.


ABC’s original episodes of The Middle (2.5/7, down -4%), Suburgatory (2.4/6, down -8%), Modern Family (4.7/12, down -15%), Happy Endings (2.5/6, down -14%), and Revenge (2.4/6, down -4%) all matched or delivered season lows (excluding Thanksgiving eve specials).

The 24th cycle of CBS’ Survivor (3.0/8) debuted with its lowest premiere rating ever, down -6% from last Spring’s premiere (3.2/9 on 2/16/11). At 9p, Criminal Minds (3.0/7, down -9%) hit a season low, while CSI (2.7/7, up +8%) was in line with its season average at 10p.

NBC ran original episodes of Whitney (1.6/5, up +7%), Are You There, Chelsea (1.4/4, down -7%) and Rock Center with Brian Williams (0.8/2, down -27%) from 8-10p. Law & Order: SVU (1.7/4) closed out the night with a series low, down -15% from last week’s delivery.

(Source: Fox)