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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Reclaims Top Spot

March 6th, 2012 8:56pm EST | Jonathan Teigland By: Jonathan Teigland

American Idol

It’s like watching Wimbledon. In a back and forth match, ‘American Idol’ gained last week to take three of the top four spots, outpacing ‘The Voice,’ albeit by a small margin. The top ‘Idol’ garnered 18.5 million sets of eyeballs, while ‘The Voice’ had to settle for 14.9 million. The tables may be turned next week, however. Stay tuned.

FOX could also be pleased with the performance of Nascar Daytona 500, with two placements in the Top 10. NBC had only ‘The Voice’ to sing about, while ABC saw its fortunes turn with ‘Modern Family’ in 11th place and the return of ‘Once Upon a Time’ on Sunday in 16th place. That’s an impressive performance for a rookie. FOX’s ‘Terra Nova,’ garnered similar ratings last fall, but then stumbled. It was cancelled today.

CBS, as usual, dominated the Top 20 with 12 shows. ‘The Big Bang Theory’ was down a bit in 15th place, but ‘NCIS’ held strong in 2nd, placing ahead of two of the ‘Idol’ installments.

Here’s the rundown:

Rank Show Network Night Viewers
1 AMERICAN IDOL - THURS FOX THURS 18,452,000
2 NCIS CBS TUE 18,200,000
3 AMERICAN IDOL - WED FOX WED 17,228,000
4 AMERICAN IDOL - TUE FOX TUE 16,110,000
5 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS TUE 15,853,000
6 THE VOICE NBC MON 14,894,000
7 FOX NASCAR DAYTONA 500 FOX MON 13,669,000
8 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS WED 12,539,000
9 FOX NASCAR DAYTONA 500 FOX MON 12,471,000
10 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS MON 11,921,000
11 MODERN FAMILY ABC WED 11,631,000
12 60 MINUTES CBS SUN 11,508,000
13 BLUE BLOODS CBS FRI 11,469,000
14 CSI CBS WED 11,298,000
15 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS THURS 11,109,000
16 ONCE UPON A TIME ABC SUN 10,667,000
17 SURVIVOR CBS WED 10,650,000
18 AMAZING RACE CBS SUN 10,304,000
19 2 BROKE GIRLS CBS MON 10,182,000
20 CSI: MIAMI CBS SUN 10,139,000
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Photo Credits: FOX Broadcasting Company


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