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'American Idol' ratings strong; 'Map' drops again

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American Idol ratings dropped 5 percent from last Wednesday – and that’s great news.

Last night’s show marks the highest retention of Idol premiere ratings during Week 2 since season five.

To Fox, this suggests fans are accepting the new judges, and those who tuned into the premiere out of mere curiosity last week are getting sucked into the show.

Idol delivered 25.2 million viewers and a 9.2 preliminary adults 18-49 rating, easily winning the night. Here’s Annie Barrett’s recap, including her take on Chris Medina’s heartbreaking story. As for Fox’s rivals, read on…

ABC and CBS tied for a distant second place. ABC aired repeats, Cougar Town (5.1 million, 2.1), and Off the Map (5.1 million, 1.8) – the medical drama falling 14 percent to mark its lowest-rated telecast yet.

CBS had Live to Dance (4.8 million, 1.1), up 10 percent but still too weak to survive in the wild, followed by Criminal Minds (12.9 million, 3.2), also up 10 percent and a steady Blue Bloods (12 million, 2.0) that won 10 p.m.

NBC aired a series-low Minute to Win It (5 million, 1.4), followed by Chase (4.1 million, 1.2), improving 20 percent, and a repeat. CW had repeats.

Read more:
‘American Idol’: Was Chris Medina’s audition the most touching ‘Idol’ moment ever, or the most exploitative?
Annie Barrett’s recap: Now that’s what I call a sob story!
EW’s American Idol Central
Photo Gallery: 15 faces of Steven Tyler

Originally posted January 27 2011 — 11:57 AM EST

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