Ratings Down 23% for “Idol”

Here are your Nielsen fast overnight ratings from Marc Berman:

Ratings Breakdown:

Yes, Fox dominated, and that comes as a result, of course, of American Idol, which averaged 21.54 million viewers and an 8.0 rating/22 share among adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m. But as good as that is, it is actually down by a hefty 5.80 million viewers and 23 percent among adults 18-49 from the also two-hour year-ago telecast on March 18, 2008 (Viewers: 27.34 million; A18-49: 10.4/26, based on the final nationals). Here is the half-hour breakdown:

American Idol (Fox)

8:00 p.m. – Viewers: 19.06 million (#1), A18-49: 6.9/21 (#1)

8:30 p.m. – Viewers: 21.77 million (#1), A18-49: 8.0/22 (#1)

9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 22.64 million (#1), A18-49: 8.5/22 (#1)

9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 22.67 million (#1), A18-49: 8.7/22 (#1)

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