FOX Smothers Tuesday Rivals

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 23, 2006

"American Idol" jumped back over the 30 million-viewer mark with Tuesday's final performance show of the year, leading FOX to an utterly dominant ratings win.

FOX averaged a 16.5 rating/26 share in primetime, more than doubling the numbers for second-place CBS, 7.6/12. ABC finished third with a 5.1/8, topping NBC's 4.1/6. UPN and The WB tied for fifth at 1.1/2.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 11.0 rating was better than the combined total of its five competitors. CBS was the best of the rest at 3.5, followed by ABC, 2.5, and NBC, 2.0. UPN and The WB remained tied at 0.7.

Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks sang "American Idol" to a 17.7/29 at 8 p.m. CBS finished second for the hour with the Academy of Country Music Awards, 5.4/9. "Stephen King's Desperation" posted a 5.1/8 for ABC. NBC got a 3.4/6 from an hour of "Most Outrageous Moments." An "America's Next Top Model" repeat on UPN fared slightly better than The WB's "Gilmore Girls" rerun.

The season finale of "House" did a fine job of holding its lead-in audience, scoring a 15.2/23 for FOX at 9 p.m. The ACM Awards jumped up to 8.3/12, keeping CBS in second. ABC's movie held steady, beating out part two of NBC's "10.5: Apocalypse," which managed only a 3.9/6. "Pepper Dennis" moved The WB in front of UPN, which aired a "Veronica Mars" rerun.

With FOX done for the night, CBS took the lead at 10 p.m. thanks to the ACM Awards, which improved to 9.0/15. The conclusion of "Desperation" averaged 5.0/8 for ABC, edging the final hour of "10.5," which came in at 4.9/8.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.