Thanks mostly to American Idol, Fox again finished first in the ratings last week, averaging a 7.0 rating and an 11 share and edging out CBS, the usual winner when Idol is not on Fox's schedule, which averaged a 6.9/11. NBC placed third with a 5.4/9, with ABC close behind with a 5.2/9. For the first time, the new Brad Garrett comedy Til Death, landed in the top ten, thanks to its landing in the post-Idol time slot on Fox on Wednesday night.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. American Idol (Tuesday), Fox, 17.1/27; 2. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 16.2/25; 3. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 14.8/23; 4. Deal or No Deal (Monday), NBC, 10.2/16; 5. Cold Case, CBS, 9.7/16; 6. October Road, ABC, 9.5/16; 7. CSI: Miami, CBS, 9.4/16; 8. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.3/15; 9. Without a Trace, CBS, 8.9/17; 10. Til Death, Fox, 8.8/14.