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'Idol' still down but good for win

18 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- This season's sophomore episode of American Idol, like on Tuesday, blew away Wednesday night's competition. But also like Tuesday, the two-hour episode was down in all key measures from last year.

Idol averaged 30.2 million viewers and a 12.6 rating/30 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research.

The declines were steeper this time around, down 18% in viewership (37 million) and 19% in adults 18-49 (15.5/36). But that being said, even with the declines, Idol was still the biggest thing going on TV.

NBC did the best against the formidable Idol juggernaut thanks to Deal or No Deal (11.8 million, 3.1/8) at 8 p.m. That did much better than either ABC's Wife Swap (5.2 million, 2.0/5) or CBS' Power of 10 (4.9 million, 1.1/3), not to mention the CW's Crowned (1.6 million, 0.7/2). And casualties at 9 p.m. included Supernanny (6.1 million, 2.5/6) and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (8.8 million, 2.4/5). CBS' conclusion of Comanche Moon (12.1 million, 2.4/6) did about as well as Tuesday's edition. »

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Fiesta Bowl gives Fox win in 18-49 demo

4 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Fox rode the Fiesta Bowl to an adults 18-49 victory in Wednesday's primetime while NBC won the night in viewership thanks to Deal or No Deal and the two-hour season premiere of Law & Order.

The Oklahoma-West Virginia game averaged at least 11.5 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/11 share in the demo, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. It came up against strong competition in viewership from NBC and in the demo with ABC's reality series.

The two-hour "Law & Order" premiere averaged 13.4 million viewers and a 3.8/9 in the demo. "Law & Order" was the night's most-watched show. It was also the best viewership and demo ratings for the show since May 2006.

Fox won all three hours in adults 18-49 thanks to the game, though NBC's Deal (12.2 million, 3.4/9) came in a strong second place ahead of ABC's Wife Swap (8.5 million, 3.3/9) and CBS' Power of 10 (6.7 million, 1.7/4), both season premieres. The CW's Crowned (1.9 million, 0.8/2) was in fifth place. »

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