In its penultimate airing on the network Tuesday night, American Idol: The
Search for a Superstar gave Fox a Nielsen Media Research ratings win across
all of the key ratings categories, including households, viewers, the key adult
demos, kids and teens. About the only group that stayed away was
The show, which aired from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., averaged 18.2 million viewers, more
than double the nearest competitor, ABC, which drew an average 8.2 million
viewers with quirky off-USA Network detective show Monk.
Among the key adult demos, Idol's biggest rating was a 13.2/34 among
women 18 through 34, followed by an 11.4/28 among women 18 through 49.
From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., NBC won the household race and adults 25 through 54 with a
special on the 40th anniversary of the Improv comedy
Fox won adults 18 through 34 and 18 through 49 with back-to-back episodes of
That 70s Show.
At 10 p.m., NBC's Dateline won households and the key demos. The first
installment of ABC News' six-part series, In Search of America, was third
in households (behind CBS' Judging Amy) but second in the key adult
For the night, the household numbers: Fox 7.3/12, NBC 5.8/10, CBS 5.3/9 and
Adults 18 through 49: Fox 6.5/18, NBC 3.0/8, ABC 2.4/7 and CBS 1.9/5.