No slowing down ‘Idol’ mania

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox’s “American Idol” started the second week of its season with more gigantic ratings, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, again topping the other five broadcast networks combined for its hour.

From 8 to 9, “Idol” (12.8/32 in adults 18-49, 29.3 million viewers overall) crushed everything in its path and was up over its Tuesday delivery during its premiere week. Fox, which won the night across the board, led the 9 o’clock hour with “24” (5.1/12 in adults 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall), although it retained well less than half of its “Idol” lead-in.

ABC ran second in 18-49 during each half-hour of the night, led by “According to Jim” at 9 (4.9/12 in adults 18-49, 11.5 million viewers) and “Less Than Perfect” at 9:30 (4.3/10 in adults 18-49, 10.2 million viewers).

NBC closed out the night well with a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” (4.5/12 in adults 18-49, 12.3 million viewers) but saw its “Tracy Morgan Show” get hammered opposite “Idol” at 8 (1.8/5 in adults 18-49, 5.4 million viewers). And from 9 to 10, a “Dateline” spec on the New Hampshire primary ran a soft fourth (2.3/6 in adults 18-49, 6.5 million viewers).

CBS was led by an original episode of “The Guardian” (2.7/7 in adults 18-49, 11.4 million viewers).

UPN, meanwhile, saw numbers surge for its third episode of “America’s Next Top Model” (3.5/8 in adults 18-49, 7.2 million viewers). Reality skein placed second in the 9 o’clock hour among adults 18-34 (3.8/10).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 9.0/22; ABC, 3.6/9; NBC, 2.9/7; CBS, 2.5/6; UPN, 2.4/6; WB, 1.6/4.

In total viewers: Fox, 20.3 million; CBS, 10.5 million; ABC, 9.0 million; NBC, 8.1 million; UPN, 5.3 million; WB, 4.2 million.

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