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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Reclaims Top Spot

March 6th, 2012 8:56pm EST

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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