Those writing about the inexorably declining ratings of American Idol will have to stand down for at least a day as the amateur talent competition stayed even with last week in the industry-prized 18-to-49 demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.
Now, we'll have to see if the cliff-hanger involving the hopeful who fainted and fell off the stage gooses the ratings for Fox. (By comparison, fair or not, NBC's The Voice grabbed 17.69 million viewers with a 6.6 demo rating Monday night on its first regularly scheduled airing.)
Meantime, the premiere of CBS' Person to Person reboot, featuring George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi and Warren Buffett, got weak numbers, and ABC's comedy block solidly stayed steady or inched up from a week ago
In its new time slot, Rock Center with Brian Williams, spotlighting Meredith Vieira's interview with the White House intern who's flogging her book about her affair with President Kennedy, wound up a distant fourth. Both newsmagazines posted a 1.1 demo rating.
CBS: Person to Person 6.02 million viewers (1.1 demo rating)
ABC: The Middle 8.48 million (2.6); Suburgatory 7.27 million (2.5)
Fox: American Idol 18.94 million (6.0)
NBC: Whitney 4.07 million (1.5); Are You There, Chelsea? 3.68 million (1.4)
CW: One Tree Hill 1.29 million (0.7)
CBS: Criminal Minds 13.61 million viewers (3.4 demo rating)
ABC: Modern Family 12.85 million (5.5); Happy Endings 6.90 million (3.0)
Fox: Mobbed 8.77 million (3.0)
NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams 5.28 million (1.1)
CW: Remodeled 713,000 (0.4)