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TV Ratings: Oscars Reign, But Can't Top Grammys

Jonathan Teigland Jonathan Teigland
February 29th, 2012 11:55am EST

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And the winner is…. The Oscars!

The 84th Annual Academy Awards was the top show of the week with 39.3 million viewers. The ceremony, which sported Billy Crystal as host and a surprise win for Meryl Streep, was up a tick from last year’s numbers. However, the show couldn’t top the unexpectedly stellar performance of the Grammys a couple of weeks ago. That show likely benefitted from Whitney Houston’s sudden passing and Adele’s surging popularity.

The Academy Awards propelled ABC to a rare weekly ratings win, with an average of 10.68 million. That was enough to top CBS (10.06 million), FOX (6.84 million), NBC (5.42 million) and the CW (1.14 million).

It’s not very often that ‘American Idol’ ranks in 6th and 8th place, respectively. Signs the show is weakening: ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ which ranked number 5 for the week, beat ‘Idol’ outright for the first time, and ‘The Voice’ beat Thursday’s edition of ‘Idol,’ albeit barely.

ABC’s only bright spot apart from the Oscars and the pre-awards show (which was broken up into three installments) was ‘Modern Family,’ which ranked 16th for the week with 11.5 million viewers.

Generally, CBS continued to dominate, with the most shows in the Top 20, led by the stalwart ‘NCIS,’ which was the top-rated scripted series of the week. That’s not particularly unusual these days. ‘CSI,’ which used to dominate the ratings, ranked in 15th place with new stars Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue.

Here are the rankings:

Rank Show Network Day Viewers
1 ACADEMY AWARDS ABC SUN 39,341,000
2 OSCAR'S RED CARPET LIVE - PT 3 ABC SUN 24,068,000
3 NCIS CBS TUE 19,288,000
4 OSCAR'S RED CARPET LIVE - PT 2 ABC SUN 16,625,000
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS THURS 16,198,000
6 AMERICAN IDOL - WED FOX WED 16,104,000
7 THE VOICE NBC MON 16,042,000
8 AMERICAN IDOL - THURS FOX THURS 15,644,000
9 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS THURS 15,468,000
10 PERSON OF INTEREST CBS THURS 14,555,000
11 THE MENTALIST CBS THURS 13,364,000
12 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS MON 13,328,000
13 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS WED 12,778,000
14 OSCAR'S RED CARPET LIVE - PT 1 ABC SUN 12,577,000
15 CSI CBS WED 11,914,000
16 MODERN FAMILY ABC WED 11,537,000
17 2 BROKE GIRLS CBS MON 11,374,000
18 BLUE BLOODS CBS FRI 11,349,000
19 MIKE & MOLLY CBS MON 11,333,000
20 UNFORGETTABLE CBS TUE 10,697,000
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Photo Credits: Andrew Evans; PR Photos


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