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Fox has record-breaking week in ratings

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(FROM VARIETY) – Last week, Fox posted its strongest week ever thanks to huge ratings for the most-watched Super Bowl on record, and huge numbers for House and American Idol. Fox also achieved the highest weekly primetime ratings for any netework in 11 years. Sunday’s (Feb. 3) Super Bowl match between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots averaged a 37.5 rating/73 share in adults 18-49 and 97.45 million viewers overall, topping the 94.08 million viewers for the Dallas – Pittsburgh Super Bowl on NBC in 1996 as well as the 93.18 million for the Indianapolis – Chicago contest last year on CBS. A special post-Super Bowl airing of a House earned a 12.9 rating /31 share in 18-49 and averaged 29 million viewers. That episode, which featured a guest appearance by Mira Sorvino, set series records and drew the best ratings for any scripted show since the post-Super Bowl airing of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy two years ago. Last Tuesday’sAmerican Idol earned an 11.0 rating/28 share in 18-49, and 28.22 million overall viewers, and Wednesday’s airing got a 10.1 rating/26 share and 25.57 million viewers. Still, Idol remains down by double-digit percentages compared to last year. (Variety)