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'American Idol': Portland ratings drizzle

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American Idol Audition

Critics knocked last night’s American Idol auditions in Portland as having the worst singing performances this season. (Though others noted, hey, at least the contestants were entertaining.)

Ratings-wise, Idol delivered 18.2 million viewers and a 5.9 rating among adults 18-49. That’s down 9 percent from last week, which is a shame — last Thursday, it appeared as if the reality hit was stabilizing in the ratings. Still, Idol was the night’s top-rated show. Its lead-out, Mobbed (7.9 million, 2.9), did pretty well, with Idol boosting it by a whopping 123 percent. (Still, it only attracted half the audience of its lead-in.)

ABC aired repeats. CBS had the special Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials (8.7 million, 2.1), up 5 percent from last year. NBC had Whitney (4.4 million, 1.7) and Are You There, Chelsea? (4.1 million, 1.7), followed by repeats. CW had a steady One Tree Hill (1.5 million, 0.7) and a ridiculously low-rated Remodeled (745,000, 0.3).

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