American Idol destroys Dancing with the Stars, which had its lowest-rated episode ever

In the 9 p.m. Tuesday evening battle between country karaoke and time-wasting filler, American Idol 8 was victorious, pushing Dancing with the Stars to its lowest ratings ever.

While Dancing‘s premiere week ratings beat Idol‘s semi-final rounds, last night, 22.75 million people watched the second hour of the singing competition, while just 12.4 million watched the results show and dance-off, according to TV By the Numbers, which notes that the Fox series had “more than [triple Dancing’s] adult demos and pushing Dancing to its lowest rated regularly scheduled episode ever.”

Even CBS drama The Mentalist beat Dancing, suggesting that the two reality competitions have shared audiences and that scheduling them against one another is not the best idea. Both beat The Biggest Loser, which had about 8.5 million viewers during its second hour of bloat and came in fourth place.

Tuesday Ratings: American Idol Crushes Dancing In Reality Clash [TV By the Numbers]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.