Idol Running On Mercury
Although Washington Post TV writer Lisa de Moraes commented today (Wednesday) that she could hear "Puff! Puff! Puff! Puff -- the sound of Freddie Mercury's ashes churning in his urn during last night's one-hour mutilation of Queen songs on American Idol," the show clobbered the competition, posting a 16.9 rating and a 27 share in the 8:00 p.m. hour, significantly higher than the same night a week ago. Fox remained ahead of the competition in the 9:00 hour, too, as House delivered a 12.9/20. Meanwhile, the second part of ABC's Ten Commandments miniseries received about as much attention as some of the commandments themselves, placing third in the 9:00 p.m. hour with a 7.2/11 and, with Fox out of the picture, second at 10:00 p.m. with a 7.9/13.