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Ratings: 'American Idol' results show tops its performance program for weekly win

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Fox’s American Idol won last week’s ratings race, as usual, but for the first time in five weeks, the Wednesday night results hour (23.6 million viewers) — which saw rocker chick Allison Iraheta sent home — bested Tuesday’s performance episode (23.4 million). Why? Simple: Now that we’re nearing the end of this year’s Idol contest, results shows are more important and gripping.

As for the rest of the week’s top five, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars rolled in at No. 3 with 20.3 million viewers, and the spin-off episode of NCIS and a new hour of frosh hit The Mentalist tied at No. 4 with 16.7 million viewers apiece.

Also of note in the Top 20, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy showed up at No. 6 with 15.5 million viewers and, surprisingly, it bested No. 7 CSI (14.9 million viewers) for the first time in 16 head-to-head face-offs this season. ABC’s once-dominant Desperate Housewives clocked in at a whimpering No. 13 with 12.3 million viewers — the nighttime soap’s lowest-rated episode of the season. And ABC’s special Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist drew 10.2 million viewers at No. 20. You can find the full Top 20 after the jump.

1. American Idol Wednesday | Fox | 23.6 million
2. American Idol Tuesday | Fox | 23.4 million
3. Dancing With the Stars | ABC | 20.3 million
4. NCIS | CBS | 16.7 million
    The Mentalist | CBS | 16.7 million
6. Grey’s Anatomy | ABC | 15.5 million
7. CSI | CBS | 14.9 million
8. Dancing with the Stars | ABC | 14.6 million
9. Two and a Half Men | CBS | 14.2 million
10. Criminal Minds | CBS | 14.1 million
11. CSI: Miami | CBS | 13.7 million
12. CSI: NY | CBS | 13.4 million
13. Desperate Housewives | ABC | 12.3 million
14. House | Fox | 12.0 million
      Survivor: Tocantins | CBS | 12.0 million
16. Cold Case | CBS | 11.8 million
      Without a Trace | CBS | 11.8 million
18. Rules of Engagement | CBS | 11.3 million
19. The Amazing Race | CBS | 10.5 million
20. Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist | ABC | 10.2 million

1. American Idol Wednesday | Fox | 23.6 million
2. American Idol Tuesday | Fox | 23.4 million
3. Dancing With the Stars | ABC | 20.3 million
4. NCIS | CBS | 16.7 million
    The Mentalist | CBS | 16.7 million
6. Grey’s Anatomy | ABC | 15.5 million
7. CSI | CBS | 14.9 million
8. Dancing with the Stars | ABC | 14.6 million
9. Two and a Half Men | CBS | 14.2 million
10. Criminal Minds | CBS | 14.1 million
11. CSI: Miami | CBS | 13.7 million
12. CSI: NY | CBS | 13.4 million
13. Desperate Housewives | ABC | 12.3 million
14. House | Fox | 12.0 million
      Survivor: Tocantins | CBS | 12.0 million
16. Cold Case | CBS | 11.8 million
      Without a Trace | CBS | 11.8 million
18. Rules of Engagement | CBS | 11.3 million
19. The Amazing Race | CBS | 10.5 million
20. Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist | ABC | 10.2 million

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