Despite placing three shows in Nielsen's top five, Fox came in third behind CBS and ABC in the ratings last week. The top two shows were Wednesday's American Idol results episode, which attracted 28.8 million viewers and Tuesday's performance episode, which drew 26.7 million. Fox's House placed fifth with 21.1 million viewers. But ABC also produced some strong contenders, including a two-hour Grey's Anatomy, which landed in third place, and the Monday edition of Dancing With The Stars, which followed in fourth place. Nevertheless CBS performed the most consistently, capturing an average 7.9 rating and a 13 share for the week. ABC placed second with an average 6.4/10, followed by Fox, with a 6.3/10. NBC trailed with a 5.8/9.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 17.0/26; 2. American Idol (Tuesday), Fox, 15.7/25; 3. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 13.4/21; 4. Dancing With the Stars (Monday), ABC, 12.6/20; 5. House, Fox, 12.5/19; 6. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 11.7/18; 7. CSI: Miami, CBS, 11.4/19; 8. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 11.1/17; 9. Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 10.7/16; 10. Without a Trace, CBS, 9.6/16.