Ratings: Idol's walking on air

Fox's American Idol rolled over everyone last night, as is its wont. The reality show pulled in a 12.9 rating in adults 18-49, with 31.0 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen Research. House followed and messed up the competition as well, scoring an 11.1 rating, with 26.0 million viewers overall.

At 8 p.m., Fox flew with its 12.9 for Idol. CBS earned a 3.6 for NCIS, and NBC scored a 2.4 for Dateline and took a 2.0 for a repeat of America's Funniest Home Videos. CW earned a 1.9 for Gilmore Girls.

At 9 p.m., Fox scored its 11.1 for House, CBS earned a 3.6 for The Unit, ABC took a 3.4 for Primetime, NBC snagged a 2.9 for Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and CW landed a 1.1 for Veronica Mars.

At 10 p.m., NBC posted a 4.9 for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. ABC earned a 2.8 for Boston Legal, and CBS scored a 2.6 for a repeat of Without a Trace.

Overall, Fox scored a 12.0 rating/28 share in 18-49s, with 28.5 million total average viewers; NBC, 3.4/8, 9.3 million; CBS, 3.3/8, 12.2 million; ABC, 2.7/7, 8.2 million; and CW, 1.5/4, 3.5 million.

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Well I only watch American Idol at the beginning of the series when they go around to each city serching for quality talent because that's the good, funny parts but after that I never tune back in, just not a favorite show to watch after all the laughs are gone but glad to see that their ratings are good after hearing about the show they did to give back, that was nice, so go Idol but I still ain't watching the show.
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NCIS and Veronica Mars should definitely be beating American Idol!!!
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Smallville and Supernatural are the best shows ever on tv (ok, maybe after Heroes, since I love that show alot)
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American Idol might have big ratings, good thing I'm not a network executive, I'll cancel that show in a heart beat due to poor quality.
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law and order criminal intent is the best show we watch it all the time svu also great show on tuesday nite idol why would people watch it silly
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Veronica Mars should be beating Idol. American Idol is an uninspired repetitive show about people singing lame music. Veronica Mars is witty, funny, and original. Whats wrong with these people?
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I can't stand Idol. Veronica Mars is so much better, but just can't seem to get the respect it deserves.
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Veronica Mars is an incredible show. Doesn't deserve those numbers! It's a shame!
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What the heck is wrong with people? How can people find a show about a bunch of people singing badly or singing great and getting told they suck be good? Its a piece of trash! Gilmore Girls should be getting way better reatings that dumb american idol!
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a shame VERONICA does not manage to garner high ratings nevertheless its awesome ...
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CW Hunter,
I would not put so much credence in the Nielson Ratings System. Nielson only represents 25,000 homes in the U.S out of the estimated 111.4 million homes with a television. That's only a sample of 0.022% representation of the whole. Any statistics analyst will tell you that this is in no way a proper sample size in order to represent this many television viewers. After plugging some numbers, at a 99% confidence level there should be at least 1,639,607 viewers in the sample size.
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idol sucks people i'm trying to figure out wat you people are watchin. it sucks. plain and simple it sucks.
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I'm disappointed to see the AI monopoly continue to dominate in the ratings. It does not give other wonderful shows like Veronica Mars a chance to gain ground. But I am glad that the true fans of Mars always tune in.
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What do you guys see in Simon Cowell? I mean really? We're very grateful that AI keeps Cowell off our screens in the UK for several months, but surely you have better stuff to watch? Mars is the business!
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cw has bad shows.. we all noe that
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HOw can a show about singing be so good I mean seriuosly it bugs me.
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Such low ratings For BL. It's a great show but it's lacking when it comes to ratings. Maybe a day change would help. AI is just too big of a behemoth.
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Rather than blame the ratings system accept the fact that people just aren't watching your show. If you hate the system so much, start your own company to compete with Nielsen, which by the way other companies do, but because the results show basically the same thing there is no evidence that there is anything wrong with it.
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again Veronica Mars suffers when it deserves to shine...while i like Fox, im really hating them at the moment....i mean, how can such a mediocre show rate so well? only emphasises how out-of-whack the ratings system is
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Ick. Poor Veronica.
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I really wish people would just give Veronica Mars one chance. Maybe two if it's a rare off night. I'm sure they'd be hooked for good. Sadly, it is unknown and will probable be cancelled after this season.
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House wins good for House.
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This show is sooo addictive! I can't wait to see who makes the cut tonight.
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stop watching Idol!!!!!!
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My local Fox station was down so I had to wait until the next day to watch Idol at 7 P.M. I ended up watching "To Catch a Predator."
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I watched American Idol, House, Boston Legal and DVR'd L&O SVU.
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I really really hope Veronica Mars gets renewed for a 4th season, but the way it's going, I don't see that happening.
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Once Again Veronica Mars produced crappy ratings and it wasn't even up against American Idol. :)
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Good to know!
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