FOX Smothers Tuesday Rivals
"American Idol" jumped back over the 30 million-viewer mark with Tuesday's final performance show of the year, leading
FOX averaged a 16.5 rating/26 share in primetime, more than doubling the numbers for second-place
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.
The season finale of
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.