ABC executives are toasting with Coca-Cola (or whatever the new sponsor is) this morning: “American Idol” just came the closest it ever has to matching “The Voice” in TV ratings.
NBC ended up topping ABC in primetime averages by just one-tenth of a Nielsen point in the key adults 18-49 demographic, and finished first in overall audience averages by a few hundred thousand viewers.
CBS was in third place on Tuesday, when James Corden’s “Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime” special shed some viewers from last year. The network aired a bunch of reruns early in the day part, which served up a soft lead-in for the 10 o’clock hour.
NBC was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 6.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.5/6 and 8.3 million viewers. “Good Girls” at 10 had a 0.9/4 and 4.1 million viewers.
ABC was second in ratings with a 1.2/5 and in viewers with 6.5 million. “Idol” at 8 posted a 1.4/5 and 7.6 million viewers. “The Crossing” at 10 got a 0.7/3 and 4.2 million viewers.
CBS was third in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 5.3 million. Following reruns, the Corden special received a 0.8/3 and 3.8 million viewers.
Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 3.4 million. “Lucifer” at 8 had a 0.7/3 and 2.8 million viewers. At 9, “The Resident” got a 0.8/3 and 3.9 million viewers.
Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1 million. “Supergirl” at 8 managed a 0.4/2 and 1.4 million viewers. At 9, “iZombie” settled for a 0.2/1 and 713,000 viewers.