Second huge 'Idol' night: 36.9 millionFox show tops last year's night two by 5.4 million
By Toni Fitzgerald MediaLifeMagazine
Jan 18, 2007
At this rate, it won't take Fox much time at all to catch up with the Big Three, much less pull ahead. The second night of the network's American Idol delivered ratings nearly as spectacular as night one, sending the other networks into a deep funk last night.
Idol averaged 36.9 million total viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. last night, according to Nielsen overnights, just 600,000 fewer than its record debut total Tuesday night. It was up an impressive 5.4 million over last year's night two, though that show was only an hour long.
Among adults 18-49, Idol averaged a 15.4, 0.3 behind Tuesday's debut. That was up 18 percent over last year's 13.0 for night two. Idol peaked with 39.6 million total viewers at 9 p.m. and a 17.0 in 18-49s.
What's more, Idol obliterated the competition last night, outdrawing the other four English-language networks combined. Only one show, CBS's Criminal Minds, managed to draw a rating above 3.0 in 18-49s, and among total viewers, it was the only competitor to top 10 million.
In fact, in the 8 p.m. hour, Idol's most-watched competitor was ABC's double dose of According to Jim, with a mere 6.9 million viewers.
It seems Idol is poised for its most-watched season ever, and that's saying something. The first two episodes have pulled the second- and third-most viewers in the show's history, behind only season two's 38 million finale.http://www.medialifemagazine.com/art...ticle_9606.asp