Auds still worship ‘Idol’

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox remained unbeaten on Tuesday since January by winning easily in all key demographic categories on April 22, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

“American Idol” (9.3/26 in adults 18-49, 20.1 million viewers overall) again defeated its combined ABC-CBS-NBC competish from 8 to 9, while drama “24” (5.7/14 in adults 18-49, 12 million viewers overall) led its hour in key demos. Both Fox programs were up week-to-week.

It was a close three-way battle for second place, with CBS edging out ABC and NBC on the strength of “Judging Amy” (3.9/10 in adults 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall), which tied for the hour’s lead in 18-49 with NBC’s “Dateline” while winning outright in adults 25-54 and total viewers. From 8 to 9, net’s “JAG” (2.5/7 in adults 18-49, 13.5 million viewers overall) placed second to “Idol.”

ABC was paced by “According to Jim,” whose repeat at 9 (3.4/9 in adults 18-49) edged out an original seg of NBC’s fading “Frasier” (3.2/8). In its second week back, NBC’s “Watching Ellie” at 9:30 (2.8/7 in adults 18-49) trailed ABC’s “Lost at Home” (3.0/8 in adults 18-49).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 7.5/20; CBS, 3.0/8; ABC, 2.9/8; NBC, 2.9/8.

In total viewers, Fox led with 16 million viewers.

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