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Idol rocks Boston ratings

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  January 22, 2010 10:29 AM

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The return of "American Idol" struck a high note with its season debut Jan. 12 - the show, which airs on Fox25, drew a whopping 914,000 total viewers in Boston. Other high ranking shows of note for the week of Jan. 12-17 -  NBC's airing of the Golden Globes ranked 9th for the week, attracting 421,000 folks to WHDH. CBS's AFC broadcast of the NY playoffs game Sunday scored 889,000 viewers for WBZ while Saturday's game was caught by 583,000 local viewers.

For Boston's Tuesday night election coverage:

WCVB's 6 p.m. newscast had 191,000 households, followed by WBZ with 124,000; WHDH with 81,000 and Fox25 with 20,000.  (measurement in total viewers was not immediately available.)

On cable, Fox News Channel's  6 p.m. airing of "Special Report with Bret Baier" had 106,000 total viewers in Boston, followed by CNN's "Situation Room" with 28,000 and MSNBC's "Ed Show" with 8,000 viewers.


Below is a list of the primetime programs:

1.   WFXT-Fox25  American Idol (Tues.) 914,000 total viewers

2.   WBZ-CBS  AFC (Sunday) 889,000

3.   WFXT-Fox25 American Idol (Wed.) 673,000

4.   WBZ-CBS AFC Playoffs (Sat.) 583,000

5.   WBZ-CBS NCIS  561,000

6.   WBZ-CBS 60 Minutes 541,000

7.   WBZ-CBS Big Bang Theory 502,000

8.   WBZ-CBS Two and A Half Men 491,000

9.   WHDH-NBC Golden Globes Awards 421,000

10.  WFXT-FOX  24   390,000

11.  WBZ-CBS NCIS LA 379,000

12.  WBZ-CBS How I Met Your Mother 369,000

13.  WBZ-CBS Criminal Minds 363,000

14.  WBZ-CBS The Good Wife 311,000

15.  WCVB_ABC Grey's Anatomy 305,000


source: The Nielsen Company

compiled by Johnny Diaz, Globe Staff


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