It’s no news that American Idol has had a strangle-hold on the ratings week in and week out for quite some time now.  In fact, it had been that way for five, six seasons already.  From a humble 9.9 million back in season one when Kelly Clarkson won, Idol‘s numbers have ballooned to over 30 mil from the fourth season onwards.  Recently, however, ABC’s very own competitive reality show Dancing with the Stars had been giving American Idol some rare competition as it gets closer to overtaking the Fox golden boy in the weekly ratings.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Dancing with the Stars, which recently got a boost courtesy of a strong The Bachelor finale and Melissa Rycroft’s transition, is just around 3 million viewers shy of going past Idol – something that that wasn’t even remotely imaginable in the past couple of years.

Idol‘s 25.8 and 25.5 million for its performance and results shows take the first two spots respectively while Dancing with the Stars reeled in a record 22.8 million eyeballs for third.  After CSI‘s 17.1 million, the rest trail heavily: Desperate Housewives with 14.6, Criminal Minds and The Mentalist with 14.3, CSI: Miami with 14.2, and Grey’s Anatomy with 13.6 million viewers.

– Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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