Monday, March 7, 2011

"American Idol" highest-rated Thursday in four years

With virtually the entire U.S. broadcast lineup in reruns against "American Idol's" two-hour Top 13 finalist reveal Thursday night, the Fox network show climbed 13% week-to-week for an 8.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 15% among total viewers with 25 million.
It was the highest-rated Thursday on any network in four years.
CBS was a distant second for the night (2.0, 9.3 million) with mostly reruns, though the network did run a new installment of "Rules of Engagement" (2.3, 8.1 million). But without a new episode of "The Big Bang Theory" as a lead-in, "Rules" tumbled 18% week-to-week.
Univision (1.6, 3.9 million) was third for the night, followed by NBC (1.4, 3.0 million) with three hours of "Office" reruns, and ABC (1.2, 4.0 million) with reruns of "Wipeout," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice."

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