Idol 3 gives FOX its largest Tuesday audience ever, while Leah takes a walk.

Idol 3 gives FOX its largest Tuesday audience ever, while Leah takes a walk.
Paula’s wildcard selection was the first top 12 American Idol 3 contestant to take a walk. Leah LaBelle received the fewest votes, while Vanessa Olivarez wannabe Amy Adams and Jennifer Hudson rounded out the bottom two. Tuesday night’s bloated two-hour episode was FOX’s most-watched Tuesday show ever, drawing 26.7 million viewers. It outperformed all other shows on Tuesday, and has pushed past CSI to become the number one show of the week.

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