Both the Tuesday and Wednesday episodes of American Idol drew more than 30 million viewers last week, but Fox fell far short of winning the week, according to ratings figures released by Nielsen Media Research on Wednesday. CBS won eight of the top-ten positions, including No. 1, with its coverage of the AFC championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and he Pittsburgh Steelers. That telecast attracted 40.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched telecast of the season. CBS's Csi Crime Scene Investigation also produced huge numbers -- 24.2 million viewers -- for an episode that saw the exit from the series of star William L. Petersen. Overall, CBS won the week with an average 10.1 rating and a 16 share. Fox placed second with an average 7.1/11. ABC was far behind with a 4.3/7, and NBC was farther still with a 3.9/6.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research 1. AFC Championship, CBS, 22.0/34; 2. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 16.4/25; 3. American Idol (Tuesday), Fox, 15.8/23; 4. AFC Championship Post-Game, CBS, 14.5/23; 5. CSI Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 14.4/22; 6 . NCIS , CBS, 11.3/17; 7. The Mentalist , CBS, 11.0./16; 8. Two and a Half Men , CBS, 10.2/15; 9 . CSI Miami , CBS, 10.1/17; 10. The Mentalist (Sunday Special), CBS, 10.0/17.