Entries in TV Ratings (3)


"American Idol" Finale Suffers Ratings Low

Michael Becker/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- America doesn't seem to care who wins American Idol as much as it used to.

The 11th-season finale of the Fox singing competition, in which Phillip Phillips was crowned the new champion over Jessica Sanchez, was seen by an estimated 21.5 million viewers on Wednesday night, according to

That would be a strong number for any other TV show -- in fact, it's the biggest audience for an entertainment program since the Oscars telecast in February.  However, it's the lowest total ever for an Idol finale.  It's certainly a major drop from last year's Idol finale, which drew 29.3 million viewers.

On the bright side for Fox, Wednesday's edition of Idol set a social media record for most-talked-about season finale for any TV show, with 1.2 million comments made across various platforms, according to  Over the course of the season, Idol generated 5.9 million social media comments -- another record.

American Idol did not finish the 2011-2012 TV season, which ended Wednesday, as the highest-rated primetime program.  That honor belongs to NBC's Sunday Night Football, which averaged 20.7 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter Idol averaged 19.7 million for its Wednesday performance show and 18.3 million for its Thursday results show.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Idol did help Fox defeat the other major broadcast networks in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic, which is highly coveted by advertisers.  CBS was the most-watched network overall.

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Giants-Cowboys Game Tops Nielsen Ratings

George Doyle/Stockbyte(WASHINGTON) -- The highest-rated TV program of 2012 thus far was the final game of the NFL's regular season.

NBC's broadcast of the primetime New Year's Day matchup between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys drew 27.6 million viewers. With the NFC East division title and a playoff spot on the line, the Giants defeated the Cowboys 31-14.

The ABC special Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest averaged 12.9 million viewers on Saturday night. However, the broadcast reached an average of 22.6 million around midnight, when it aired the ball drop in New York City's Times Square.

CBS won the network ratings race for last week, followed by NBC, ABC, Univision, Fox, Telemundo, ION Television and the CW.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of December 26-January 1, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. NFL Football: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, NBC, 27.62 million.
2. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 21.23 million.
3. 60 Minutes, CBS, 14.45 million.
4. Football Night in America, NBC, 14.44 million.
5. Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, ABC, 12.92 million.
6. NCIS, CBS, 12.58 million.
7. Criminal Minds, CBS, 10.60 million.
8. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 10.16 million.
9. CSI, CBS, 9.74 million.
10. NCIS: Los Angeles (Wednesday), CBS, 9.17 million.
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'Karaoke Battle USA' Draws 3.7 Million for Series Premiere

ABC, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Last Friday night's premiere of the ABC series Karaoke Battle USA drew 3.74 million people, according to Nielsen audience ratings.  Another competition show, NBC's America's Got Talent was the highest-rated program of the week, drawing 11.46 million viewers for its performance show. Its results show ranked third with an audience of 9.73 million, behind a rerun of the CBS drama NCIS.

CBS won the network ratings race, followed by ABC, Fox, NBC, Univision, ION Television, Telemundo and the CW.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of August 8-14, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. America's Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 11.46 million.
2. NCIS, CBS, 10.34 million.
3. America's Got Talent (Wednesday), NBC, 9.73 million.
4. 60 Minutes, CBS, 8.55 million.
5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 8.23 million.
6. Big Brother (Sunday), CBS, 7.6 million.
7. Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 7.39 million.
8. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 7.36 million.
9. Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 7.12 million.
10. CMA Music Festival, ABC, 7.03 million.

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