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Ratings: 'American Idol' wins the week with a one-two punch

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With no big football games to compete against, Fox’s American Idol resumed its normal position atop the ratings for the week ending Jan. 25. As usual during this time of the year, the reality-music show occupied the top two slots, with the Wednesday airing besting the Tuesday episode by 3.1 million viewers. Compared to last year during the same week, last Tuesday’s show was down by 6.5 million, or 22 percent; the Wednesday telecast wasn’t as far off — just 1.2 million, or 4 percent. Next week, however, you can bet that the Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals on CBS will best both episodes of American Idol…combined.

When DVR numbers come in, however, American Idol will likely get a huge boost in its total viewership. And the show is also boosting other programs on Fox. Namely, brand-new crime procedural Lie to Me (No. 12), which premiered to a very healthy 12.4 million in the Wednesday, post-Idol timeslot; and Fringe (No. 15), which returned in the post-Idol Tuesday timeslot with 12 million viewers, a 52 percent boost over the 7.9 million viewers it had been averaging so far this season. Remember that Fox has used Idol to juice promising shows for years — it’s a tactic the network employed to help give Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Bones, and House legs of their own.

A few specials also made their mark in the top 20 for the week. ABC’s star-studded The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration showed up at No. 11 with 12.6 million viewers, besting all the other networks’ primetime inauguration coverage. And CBS scored with its original movie Hallmark Hall of Fame Presents: Loving Leah, which clocked in at No. 16 with 11.7 million viewers.

Overall, CBS rolled in with 10 shows in the top 20; Fox surprised with six total; and ABC clocked in with four. The football-devoid NBC and the low-rated CW didn’t land anything in the top 20. Surprise, surprise. The week’s full top 20 — complete with total viewerships — is after the jump.

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1. American Idol | Fox | 25.9 million
2. American Idol | Fox | 22.8 million
3. CSI | CBS | 17.6 million
4. Two and a Half Men | CBS | 16.1 million
5. House | Fox | 15.0 million
6. CSI: Miami | CBS | 14.6 million
7. Grey’s Anatomy | ABC | 14.4 million
8. 60 Minutes | CBS | 14.2 million
9. Criminal Minds | CBS | 13.8 million
10. Cold Case | CBS | 13.3 million
11. The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration | ABC | 12.6 million
12. Lie to Me | Fox | 12.4 million
13. Eleventh Hour | CBS | 12.3 million
14. 24 | Fox | 12.1 million
15. Fringe | Fox | 12.0 million
16. Hallmark Hall of Fame Presents: Loving Leah | CBS | 11.7 million
      NCIS (R) | CBS | 11.7 million
18. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition | ABC | 11.6 million
      CSI: NY | CBS | 11.6 million
20. Lost | ABC | 11.3 million

1. American Idol | Fox | 25.9 million
2. American Idol | Fox | 22.8 million
3. CSI | CBS | 17.6 million
4. Two and a Half Men | CBS | 16.1 million
5. House | Fox | 15.0 million
6. CSI: Miami | CBS | 14.6 million
7. Grey’s Anatomy | ABC | 14.4 million
8. 60 Minutes | CBS | 14.2 million
9. Criminal Minds | CBS | 13.8 million
10. Cold Case | CBS | 13.3 million
11. The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration | ABC | 12.6 million
12. Lie to Me | Fox | 12.4 million
13. Eleventh Hour | CBS | 12.3 million
14. 24 | Fox | 12.1 million
15. Fringe | Fox | 12.0 million
16. Hallmark Hall of Fame Presents: Loving Leah | CBS | 11.7 million
      NCIS (R) | CBS | 11.7 million
18. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition | ABC | 11.6 million
      CSI: NY | CBS | 11.6 million
20. Lost | ABC | 11.3 million

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