Idol wallops

Michael Wilbon of PTI may not have been watching, but the rest of America was: American Idol drew 37.3 million viewers, the second-highest total in the program’s history-a 15.7/38 rating/share among the money demo (A 18-49) and a 20.3/30 among households (In Chicago, Idol drew a 20.1/30, about average.)

Meanwhile, way, way, waaaaaaaaayyyyyy on the opposite end of the ratings scale , guess what Versus’ marquee NHL game was last night– that’s right. Blue Jackets vs. Blackhawks. Two teams who’s losses total already matches that of last year’s Cubs team. Talk about throwing in the towel early in the evening. This might be the first program to draw a negative Nielsen rating. -0.3, anyone?