'Idol' is winner by a landslide


Super Tuesday or not, "American Idol" is going to win the ratings campaign.

It wasn't exactly an upset that "Idol" and the medical drama "House" steamrolled the competition in Tuesday night's primetime. Even with expanded Super Tuesday coverage on the broadcast networks as well as the cablers, "Idol" was still tops in viewers' hearts. "Idol" averaged 27.9 million viewers and an 11.2 /28 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, Nielsen Media Research said.

That was higher than the average 23.6 million viewers who tuned into some form of election coverage on ABC, CBS, NBC as well as Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC. All that was just a tad better than the "House" (23.2 million, 9.0/21) that followed "Idol."

ABC drew the most viewers to its coverage in the 9 p.m. hour with 5.3 million. NBC had 5.1 million viewers at 10 p.m. for Super Tuesday coverage, which followed a two-hour "The Biggest Loser" (7.4 million, 3.0/7).

Among cable networks in East Coast primetime, CNN won with 3.6 million viewers to Fox News Channel's 3.5 million and MSNBC's 2.1 million. CNN also won in the adults 25-54 demo with 1.5 million viewers compared with Fox News Channel's 1.1 million and MSNBC's 1 million.