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And the Ratings Winner is… WABC/Channel 7 with Oscar Night

It is traditionally one of television’s biggest nights of the year. And despite the usual criticism, the Academy Awards was easily the most-viewed show of the week nationally, and in New York.

The Sunday night telecast, seen on WABC/Channel 7, had an estimated 4.2 million viewers with a bulging 21.7 rating, according to Nielsen. The Oscar Red Carpet special took the next three slots in 30-minute intervals, with the final portion ramping up to the actual event at number two (2.9 million/14.8).

After Hollywood’s annual pomp and circumstance came Fox’s own version. The two-day American Idol final judgment yielded a Top 5 and 6 performance.  As the judges whittled the field down to the Top 25, 1.2 million fans tuned in for the two-hour presentation Wednesday (with a 6.0 rating), while another 1.1 million watched Thursday (1.1 million/5.7).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

  • Seventh               NCIS                WCBS      (1 million/5.4)
  • Eighth        Modern Family    WABC     (1 million/5.2)
  • Ninth        Big Bang Theory    WCBS      (1 million/5.1)
  • Tenth     Person of Interest   WCBS      (891,000/4.6)

WNBC’s highest position in the weekly Top 30 was 13th with The Voice (847,000/4.3).

MSG Network continues to reap the benefits of Jeremy Lin’s immediate success with the New York Knicks. The February 20th game against the Nets (a 100-92 loss to New Jersey) registered a number 16 (782,000/4.0).  The matchup against the Hawks two nights later came in 25th place (640,000/3.3).

“Linsanity” went national on February 23 when the Knicks faced the Heat on TNT. That cable network’s doubleheader, which included the Lakers/Oklahoma City tied for 25th (636,000/3.3).

On the topic of the NBA, even making a rare head-to-head appearance opposite the Oscars, the All-Star Game shined at 19 on TNT (722,000/3.7).

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