After much hand wringing over the erosion of ratings for American Idol during its latest season, the two final episodes last week -- Tuesday's performance show and Wednesday's results show -- wound up capturing bigger ratings than the comparable finale a year ago. Tuesday's telecast drew 27 million viewers; Wednesday's, 32 million. Together they gave Fox an easy win for the final official week of the 2007-08 season with an average 7.3 rating and a 13 share. CBS and ABC tied for second with a 5.6/10, wh ile NBC continued to trail with a 3.5/6. Meanwhile, Fox reality shows that produced solid ratings for the network when they followed American Idol continued to lead their rivals on their own this week, the first week of the summer season -- although their numbers were down from the previous week. Hell's Kitchen and Moment of Truth likely benefited from the fact that the competition was a slew of network reruns. On Wednesday, the two-hour return of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance l ed the field, with the first hour recording a 5.3/9 and the second, a 6.3/10.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 17.7/28; 2. American Idol (Tuesday), Fox, 15.1/24; 3. Dancing With The Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 12.9/20; 4. Dancing With The Stars (Monday), ABC, 12.4/20; 5. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 11.8/19; 6. CSI: Miami, CBS, 10.4/17; 7. NCIS, CBS, 10.3/16; 8. House (Monday), Fox, 10.0/15; 9. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 9.0/14; 10. Criminal Minds, CBS, 8.3/13.