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TV Ratings: 'American Idol' On Top, But CBS Dominates

Jonathan Teigland Jonathan Teigland
March 14th, 2012 9:35am EDT

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American Idol’ returned to the top two perches on the weekly ratings chart this week. It seems that the live competition may be helping the sagging series, although a lot of programs were in repeats for the week.

Both editions of ‘Idol’ held off ‘The Voice.’ Wednesday’s ‘Idol’ placed first with 18.7 million viewers, followed by Thursday’s episode with 17.3 million. ‘The Voice’ followed with 16.8. Not too far behind, folks!

Person of Interest’ is turning into the “little engine that could” for CBS. With ‘NCIS’ in repeats, ‘Person of Interest’ ranked in the Number 4 slot, the network’s highest-rated program of the week. Despite the repeats, the network dominated with 14 of the Top 20 shows. Even a stale ‘NCIS’ managed to rank in the Number 6 slot, an impressive feat for a repeat.

ABC and NBC each had something minor to be proud of. ABC’s Sunday night dramas, ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Desperate Housewives,’ both ranked in the Top 20. ‘Housewives,’ which is limping to the finish line compared to its glory days, has seen a recent uptick as the show counts down to its final episode. And NBC’s ‘Harry’s Law,’ facing little competition in a sleepy week, also managed to crack the Top 20 in total viewers, with 9 million.

Here’s the final tally for the week:

Rank Show Network Day Viewers
1 AMERICAN IDOL - WED FOX WED 18,692,000
2 AMERICAN IDOL - THURS FOX THURS 17,266,000
3 THE VOICE NBC MON 16,848,000
4 PERSON OF INTEREST CBS THURS 15,671,000
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS THURS 15,045,000
6 NCIS CBS TUE 14,494,000
7 THE MENTALIST CBS THURS 13,838,000
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS THURS 12,412,000
9 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS TUE 12,102,000
10 THE MENTALIST CBS FRI 11,344,000
11 BLUE BLOODS CBS FRI 11,014,000
12 SURVIVOR CBS WED 10,783,000
13 CSI: MIAMI CBS SUN 10,724,000
14 60 MINUTES CBS SUN 10,528,000
15 THE GOOD WIFE CBS SUN 9,884,000
16 AMAZING RACE CBS SUN 9,648,000
17 UNDERCOVER BOSS CBS FRI 9,395,000
18 ONCE UPON A TIME ABC SUN 9,289,000
19 HARRY'S LAW NBC SUN 9,047,000
20 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC SUN 8,390,000
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