Ratings Report: Nadya Suleman Madness!

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Nadya Suleman, the mother of the world's most famous octuplets, helped Dateline score nearly twice its usual audience last night.

It was quite the coup for interviewer Ann Curry, seen here with Suleman:

Nadya Suleman

Among other primetime pickings:

  • Thanks to a new episode of NCIS (18 million viewers) American Idol (night-best 24.5 million) slipped a bit.
  • A new The Mentalist (19.7 million) seemingly had the same effect on Fringe (10.5 million).
  • The CW remained steady: 90210 (2.4 million) and Privileged (1.5 million) were basically even with last week.

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