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'AMERICAN IDOL' TOPS NETWORK COVERAGE FOR STATE OF UNION
Thu Feb 03 2005 10:42:09 ET
The U.S broadcast TV audience would rather watch freaks sing out of tune than President Bush and Democrats wax politics, overnight ratings show.
One hour of IDOL on one network pulled a higher ratings average than 2 hours of STATE OF THE UNION -- on three networks, combined!
IDOL/FOX [8 PM ET]
17.9 RATING/26 SHARE
STATE OF THE UNION TOTAL BROADCAST NETWORK AVG [9-11 PM ET]
17.6 RATING/26 SHARE
Flying solo without Democrats during the 9 PM [ET] hour, Bush did top IDOL, but it took all 4 major broadcast networks to do it. The 9 PM total combined average on ABCCBSFOXNBC hit a 22.4 rating/31 share.
But when Bush left the stage, and the Democrats and media analysis took over, the numbers faded.
STATE OF UNION 10 PM ET/COMBINED 3 NETWORK AVG. [ABC, CBS, NBC]
12.8 RATING/20 SHARE
All numbers do not include cable news coverage of the Washington event.
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