Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 26, 2009.

A special Thursday "American Idol" results show easily outdrew the NCAA Sweet 16 on CBS, giving the night to FOX in all measures.

FOX averaged a 6.1 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, beating the 3.8 rating for ABC, the 3.5 rating for CBS and NBC's 3.1 rating. The CW trailed in the key demo with a 1.4 rating.

Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 16.65 million viewers in primetime to go with a 9.7 rating/15 share. ABC was second again with a 7.3/12, followed by the 6.5/10 for CBS. NBC was fourth overall with a 4.9/8. The CW's 2.2/3 was good for fifth.

In the 8 p.m. hour "American Idol" did a 12.9/20 for an easy win. CBS' NCAA coverage was second with a 6.0/10. The series premiere of ABC's "In the Motherhood" (4.6/7) and the time period premiere of "Samantha Who?" (4.5/7) did surprisingly solid numbers. NBC's "My Name Is Earl" and an "Office" repeat were fourth, beating the 2.3/4 for "Smallville" on The CW.

ABC moved into first at 9 p.m. with a 10.3/16 for "Grey's Anatomy." CBS' basketball stayed second, beating the 6.5/10 for FOX's "Hell's Kitchen." NBC's "The Office" and "30 Rock" did a 4.6/7 between then. Fifth place went to "Supernatural," which had a 2.1/3 on The CW.

"Private Practice" won the 10 p.m. hour for ABC, doing a 7.1/12. CBS' basketball and NBC's "E.R." tied for second with a 6.6/11.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.


A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.