‘Idol’ outstrips its ratings competition

CBS sitcoms draw auds

On a night of primetime devoted entirely to firstrun programming, “American Idol” cruised to victory with ratings virtually equal to its previous week.

CBS edged ABC for second-place honors among viewers 18-49, with a much wider margin in overall viewers.

“Idol” (7.2 rating/20 share in 18-49, 21.7 million viewers overall) outdistanced the night’s No. 2 program, CBS’ leadoff sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” (3.9/11, 12.8 million). The Eye slid in the next halfhour with “Bleep My Dad Says” (2.7/7, 10.4 million).

Next at 8 p.m., despite a season-low in viewership, was ABC’s “Wipeout” (2.2/6, 6.9 million), followed by NBC comedies “Community” (1.8/5, 3.9 million) and “Perfect Couples” (1.5/4, 3.1 million).

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.9/10, 10.4 million), was tops at 9 p.m., besting NBC sitcoms “The Office” (3.6/9, 6.9 million) and “Parks and Recreation” (2.6/7, 5.1 million), Fox’s “Bones” (3.3/9, 10.0 million) and CBS’ “CSI” (2.8/7, 12.6 million), which matched its 18-49 series low.

A third network won at 10 p.m., with CBS drama “The Mentalist” (2.9/8, 14.7 million) victorious over ABC’s “Private Practice” (2.7/7, 7.3 million) and NBC laffers “30 Rock” (2.3/6, 4.6 million) and “Outsourced” (1.7/5, 3.7 million).

On a mixed night for the Peacock’s sitcoms that included season lows for “Community” and “Outsourced,” “The Office,” “30 Rock” and “Outsourced” did lead their timeslots among viewers 18-34.

The CW offered “The Vampire Diaries” (1.2/3, 2.7 million) and “Nikita” (0.7/2, 1.9 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox 5.3/14, CBS 3.0/8, ABC 2.9/8, NBC 2.2/6, Univision 1.6/4, CW 1.0/3.

In total viewers: Fox 15.9 million, CBS 13.0 million, ABC 8.2 million, NBC 4.5 million, Univision 4.0 million CW 2.3 million.

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