With the National Football League taking its customary hiatus between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, Fox's "American Idol" dominated the weekly prime-time rankings, drawing more than 11 million viewers more than the next most-watched show, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.
Wednesday's two-hour audition show from New York City was the most-watched prime-time program between Jan. 22 and Sunday, drawing 33.87 million viewers, while Tuesday's hourlong look at auditions in Memphis, Tenn., was second with 32.6 million. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was next with 21.5 million.
Through its first four episodes, "American Idol" is averaging 35.21 million viewers, 5% more than the last season's first four episodes.
In a week with a significant amount of reruns, Fox led with an average of 12.56 million viewers, with CBS second with 11.64 million.
Prime-time TV rankings
Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (Jan. 22-28) as compiled by Nielsen Media Research. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program from start to finish. Nielsen estimates there are 283.5 million potential viewers in the U.S. ages 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions. For more go HERE.
|1||American Idol (Wed.)||FOX||33.87|
|2||American Idol (Tue.)||FOX||32.60|
|3||Grey's Anatomy (Thu.)||ABC||21.50|
|5||CSI: Miami (Mon.)||CBS||18.85|
|6||Deal or No Deal (Mon.)||NBC||17.61|
|7||Two and a Half Men (Mon.)||CBS||15.85|