Ratings Report: Obama Defeats Idol!

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It's official. Barack Obama is more popular than American Idol.

But not by much.

The President's press conference averaged a combined 22 million viewers on ABC, CBS, NBC and Univision last night; it barely defeated Matt Giardu's last appearance on Idol (21.8 million) as the top-rated hour of the evening.

Bottom Two

Among other primetime pickings:

  • Lie to Me, which aired opposite President Obama, was down a bit in total viewers from a week earlier (7.9 million versus 8 million).
  • The 100th episode of Lost (8.8 million) was the night's top non-Idol series in the 18-49 year-old demographic.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.