"American Idol" wins night, but declines

Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:23pm EDT
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Reality titan "American Idol" had a rough night Tuesday, while the series finale of "Jericho" concluded on a weak note.

Fox's 90-minute episode of "Idol" (24.4 million viewers) led the night but hit a season-low delivery, and was down 37 percent from the season opener. Overall, Fox won the night with 21 million viewers.

ABC was second for the night (12.7 million). The "Dancing with the Stars" results show at 9 p.m. (17.2 million), in which magician Penn Jillette and tennis star Monica Seles were booted off, added 7 million people from the hour-long recap that preceded it.

NBC was third (8.1 million), led by an on-par "Biggest Loser: Couples" (7.8 million).

CBS was fourth (7.1 million), and could muster only 6 million viewers for the last episode of the apocalyptic drama "Jericho," down from its season-to-date average of 6.8 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Finalists (L-R) Carly Smithson, Kristy Lee Cook, David Cook, Ramiele Malubay, Jason Castro, Michael Johns, David Hernandez, Chikezie, Amanda Overmyer, Brooke White, Syesha Mercado and David Archuleta pose at the American Idol Top 12 party honoring the finalists in the 'American Idol" television reality series in Los Angeles, California March 6, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>