With American Idol on the eve of whittling down to the final four, an average of 20.55 million viewers tuned in for Wednesday's 90-minute performance show. It also averaged a 6.4 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds — down 10 percent from last week.
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American Idol averaged 23.57 million viewers for its latest episode — about the same as last week. Wednesday's two-hour show, which featured songs by Elton John, scored a 7.5 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds.
American Idol's Motown episode steamrolled the competition, averaging nearly 23.5 million viewers.
Wednesday's two-hour show was up from last week's 22.2 million viewers and rose 1 percent among 18-to-49-year-olds to a 7.7 rating — although that's down 8 percent from the comparable year-earlier show.
While American Idol continues to decimate its competition, it also keeps lagging behind its numbers for last season.
With the contestants whittled down to the final 13, American Idol cast its long ratings shadow, averaging 24.2 million viewers.
Wednesday's two-hour show on Fox put up an 8 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, the industry's advertiser-coveted demo — 36 percent more than the other four networks combined. And it was even up compared with last year's equivalent show, which drew 23.5 million.
The gals did better than the guys on American Idol. In the ratings, at least.
Wednesday's 90-minute show spotlighting the top 12 female competitors attracted an average audience of 22.6 million viewers. Tuesday's 90-minute edition of the Fox network's singing competition — in which the top 12 male semifinalists performed — lured nearly 21.3 million.
American Idol's relatively fab numbers for its Beatles show — averaging some 22.6 million people over two hours — was enough to have the other networks singing: "Help!"
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In prime time's first hour, Survivor: Redemption Island, which last week suffered its lowest-rated premiere ever with 11.2 million viewers, held about the same number. ABC's The Middle lured nearly 8.1 million viewers; Better With You, at 8:30/7:30, attracted some 5.9 million for the second straight week. Part 1 of Minute to Win It got nearly 3.9 million on NBC. And some 2.3 million checked out the 16th season premiere of America's Next Top Model.
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