Three episodes of American Idol followed by three episodes of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? topped the Nielsen ratings list last week, leaving everything else in the dust. Ratings for 5th Grader marked Fox's biggest ever for a series premiere and the biggest for any network in eight years. The shows also gave Fox an easy victory for the week as it registered an average 8.9 rating and a 14 share in primetime. CBS placed second with an average 7.5/12, followed by NBC and ABC, which tied for third with a 5.3/9.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 17.5/28; 2. American Idol (Tuesday), Fox, 17.1/25; 3. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 15.5/23; 4. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Tuesday), Fox, 14.6/22; 5. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Wednesday), Fox, 13.4/20; 6. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Thursday), Fox, 12.9/19; 7. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 11.7/18; 8. CSI: Miami, CBS, 11.1/17; 9. Deal or No Deal (Monday), NBC, 10.6/16; 10. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 10.4/15,