Home Television Ratings: “American Idol” Beaten by New Show (Instinct), Old Show (NCIS Los...

Week number 2 for “American Idol” on ABC wasn’t so great.

The singing competition was beaten in the ratings by a totally new show– “Instinct,” starring Alan Cumming. And it was also beaten by “NCIS Los Angeles” and March Madness NCAA basketball.


For Cumming, “Instinct” is an out of the box hit built on his popularity from “The Good Wife.” It also followed a hot “60 Minutes” — 10 million viewers on average who watched the great kids from Parkland, Florida and the eye opening Norah McDonell piece on Saudi Arabia. “Instinct” held 8 million or viewers through its hour.

CBS came into the evening at 7pm on a high with 12 million viewers finishing up NCAA Basketball. From there, they took the night.

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