Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Overnight TV Ratings -- "Idol" Draws 37 Million Viewers

Nope, "American Idol" didn't skip a beat with the first new episode of Season Six. The show reached an average of 37.34 million viewers during the two hour show, which is substantially more than the 30 million viewers that watched the other four networks COMBINED. That's the second-highest rated episode in "Idol" history -- only the Clay and Ruben finale was bigger. It also improved on last season's premiere numbers and is probably the highest rated season premiere in FOX history. And people liked what they saw: the show grew every half hour, from 31.09 million at 8 p.m. to 41.84 million from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Nothing else came close, though "NCIS" gave some nice counterprogramming for your grandma and grandpa to watch. For a complete ratings breakdown, go to MediaWeek's Marc Berman.

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