CBS Up, "Idol" Down as Traditional TV Season Ends


NEW YORK (AP) - CBS is strengthening its dominance over the television industry at the same time that the unprecedented reign of "American Idol" is ending.

With the traditional television season concluding Wednesday, CBS claimed the status as the nation's most-watched network for the 10th time in the past 11 years. Its margin of victory in prime time was wider than any other winning network in 24 years. Rivals make fun of CBS for having an older audience, but this season CBS also won among the 18-to-49-old-demographic that is the financial lifeblood of the industry.

CBS' "NCIS" was a first-time winner as the most popular television entertainment program.

The "American Idol" streak as the top program ended after nine years. No other show in television history has come close to that.

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