American Idol had to settle for the silver medal for the first time
in six years. It's the first time Idol had lost a single half hour to
its competition since 2004. NBC bested American Idol across the board
and in most demographics (though it was a tie with women 18-34).
In the 9pm hour, Idol averaged
a 6.9/17 rating /share with adults 18-49 to NBC's 9.0/22. NBC averaged over 30
million viewers for that hour (30.065M) to Fox's 18.42 million.
On the night NBC averaged an 8.9/23 rating/share with adults 18-49 and 29.26
million viewers overall.