‘American Idol’ 1-2 in week’s ratings

Viewers flocked to various musical programs last week: “American Idol” scored a 1-2 finish in the ratings, “Glee” registered series-high numbers and the “Academy of Country Music Awards” helped CBS to a sixth consecutive weekly victory.

The Wednesday results show Fox’s “American idol” averaged 21.02 million viewers, 14% less than the similar episode last season but still the most-watched prime-time program for April 12-18, according to figures released this week by the Nielsen Co.

Despite airing reruns of its popular Tuesday dramas, CBS was first for the 23rd time in the prime-time television season’s 30 weeks, averaging 9.2 million viewers.

Despite a 12% decline in viewership from last year, the “Academy of County Music Awards” was ninth for the week, averaging 13.02 million viewers. The 2009 show was the most-watched since 1999.


Fox was second, averaging 8.64 million viewers and bolstered by a fifth-place finish by the first original episode of “Glee” since Dec. 9, which averaged a series-high 13.66 million viewers.

“Glee” was the week’s most-watched program among viewers ages 18 to 34 and third among viewers 12 to 17 and 18 to 49, only trailing the two “American Idol” episodes.