Primetime Ratings: American Idol ‘Give Back’ Special Gives Back Ratings

Fox Reality Show Posts ‘Only’ a 6.7 Rating/18 Share

American Idol won the night, but its "Give Back" special did not have quite the ratings punch of the standard sing or vote-off varieties.

Still, other networks likely wish they could stick an "only" in front of a 6.7 rating/18 share, which is what Fox averaged for its all-Idol night.

In distant second was CBS with a 2.8/7, led by Criminal Minds from 9 p.m.-10 p.m. with a 3.3/8.

ABC was third with a 2.2/6. Its top show was Primetime from 10 p.m.-11 p.m. with a 2.7/7.

NBC could not crack a 2 rating, averaging a 1.9/5 in the demo, led by Deal or No Deal with a 2.4/7 from 8 p.m.-9 p.m., followed by repeats of the Law & Order franchise that did not make much of a dent.

The CW had a relatively good night, averaging a 1/3, topped by America’s Next Top Model with a 1.2/3.