Although CBS remains the most-watched TV network for the 9th year in a row, FOX can still lay claim to hosting the most watched television show. According to current Nielsen ratings data, American Idol 2012 is still the most watched TV show in the country.

Despite dropping by nine percent in the ratings this year, American Idol 2012 still placed number one in viewership among 18 to 49 year-olds, the most coveted age group for advertisers. FOX ranks first overall in the choice 18 to 49 demographic, even though it lost out to CBS in total overall viewers.

CBS announced Tuesday it would take first place in total viewers by the largest margin in 23 years by any network. The first place ranking in total viewers is largely due to the success of having nine out of ten of the most watched dramas on television, including NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and The Mentalist. The network also boasts eight out of ten top comedy shows, including The Big Bang Theory and Two and A Half Men.

While CBS may have a huge lead in overall viewership, FOX can still claim they have the number one show of the season, even though American Idol 2012 lost 23 percent of its totally audience this year. If FOX wants to keep ahead of shows like The Voice next season, they better hope they can do something to prop up those failing ratings in the next season. Maybe something like giving Jennifer Lopez more money so she’ll shut up about leaving and forcing FOX to replace her with an inferior knock-off.

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