Fox Sweeps Up May Ratings Win

Subscribe to American Idol alerts

Thanks to enormous ratings for the finale of American Idol, Fox trounced its competition in the ratings for total viewers and adults 18-49 in the final week of the May sweeps, which coincides with the final week of the 2010-2011 season. The network averaged 6.9 million viewers for the week, miles ahead of No. 2 CBS, which averaged 4.8 million. Even more striking, Fox averaged 4.4 million viewers 18-49, nearly double ABC's 2.4 million and 2 1/2 times the 1.7 million that CBS and NBC each attracted during the week. ABC owed nearly all of its success in the demo to three shows Dancing With The Stars, which closed out the season, The Bachelorette , which made its season debut, and Modern Family . Its next highest-rated show, The Middle, came in at No. 35. Among the nightly newscasts, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams remained the leader with 9.02 million total viewers. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer came in second with 8.09 million viewers. And the CBS Evening News , with Harry Smith acting as the transition anchor, placed third with 6.16 million viewers (slightly higher than Katie Couric's season's average of 5.99 million).

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research 1. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 15.6/25; 2. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 14.2/23; 3. Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday 9 00 p.m.), ABC, 13.3/20; 4. American Idol (Tuesday), Fox, 11.4/18; 5. Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday 8 00 p.m.), ABC, 6.8/11; 5. Glee, Fox, 6.8/10; 7. NCIS, CBS, 6.4/10; 8. Modern Family, ABC, 6.1/10; 9. The Bachelorette, ABC, 6.0/9; 10. The Mentalist, CBS, 5.8/10.



Tags: American Idol - ABC - Brian Williams - CBS - Dancing With The Stars - Diane Sawyer - Glee - Harry Smith - NBC - The Bachelorette

Subscribe to American Idol alerts

More American Idol

Phillip Phillips, 'American Idol' Winner, Is Engaged To His Girlfriend Of Five Years

Phillip Phillips is engaged! The 24-year-old American Idol winner announced his engagement to Hannah Blackwell on Friday (26th December).Phillip Phillips is engaged!Watch the Music Video...

Randy Jackson Finally Says Farewell to 'American Idol' Family

'American Idol''s last original judge Randy Jackson is finally stepping down from the show after an impressive 12 year stint as both a judge and...

Carrie Underwood Is "Really Excited" But Still Feels "Kind Of Weird" About Pregnancy

Carrie Underwood announced she was pregnant at the beginning of September but the former American Idol contestant still can't believe she's going to be a...

Randy Jacksons Wife Reportedly Files For Divorce After 18 Years Of Marriage

Randy Jackson's wife has reportedly filed for divorce. Erika Jackson has filed the paperwork to end their 18 year relationship citing irreconcilable differences. Randy...


American Idol Finalist Josh Gracin Checks Into Hospital Following Suicidal Facebook Post

The Season 2 finalist posted a concerning message on his Facebook account on Friday, which caused worried relatives to contact the local police who were...

Autopsy Fails To Shed Light On Michael Johns' Sudden Death

In the days after the death of American Idol alum Michael Johns, his sudden passing was thought to be the result of a blood clot....

Friends, Family And Fellow Musicians Mourn The Death Of "American Idol" Alum Michael Johns

Friday saw the unexpected death of Michael Johns, a Perth-born musician, best known outside of Australia for his 2007 appearance on American Idol. He was...

American Idol Winner's Album Out In August, But Will It Succeed?

Caleb Johnson won’t be following in the footsteps of previous American Idol winners. Johnson, who was crowned as the season 13 victor this past May,...



American Idol Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on American Idol

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All