If Tuesday night's Nielsen Media Research overnight numbers are any indication, Fox and its
advertisers will be Idol worshipers once again.
The second installment of reality talent show American Idol: Search for a Superstar was as
good for Fox's ratings as some of the singers were bad.
Fox crushed the competition with the two-hour premiere (actually an hour-and-a-half of would-be idols, plus a half-hour "where are they now" special on the
Fox's average for the all-Idol night was a 14.0/21, compared with
second-place CBS' 9.1/14 (for JAG, The Guardian and Judging
The tale of the tape in the key 18-through-49 demo was even more lopsided.
Fox averaged a 12.1/29, more than three times the audience for second-place
ABC (3.5/9) for its sitcom lineup plus NYPD Blue.
NBC was last in households and third in 18-through-49s with two reality
shows, Celebrity Weddings and Meet My Folks, with sitcoms
Frasier and Hidden Hills sandwiched in between.
The nightly rating/share averages for households were: Fox 14.0/21, CBS
9.1/14, ABC 6.2/9 and NBC 5.5/8.
Adults 18 through 49: Fox 12.1/29, ABC 3.5/9, NBC 3.4/8 and CBS 3.1/8.