'American Idol' Ratings In 200 Cities; Have Live Viewers Become The Biggest Fans?

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March 1st, 2012

In the fifth in a series of posts with relative geographic TV market ratings information from the helpful folks at Rentrak, we've got a map of the relative TV ratings in 200 markets for Fox's top rated show American Idol.

Interestingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, American Idol has almost all of its high indexing TV markets in the Eastern and Central Time zones where it airs live in the latter part of its season (although the period covered by this data had few if any live shows, perhaps over the years people who will ultimately see it live have become bigger fans). Only three cities in the two highest groupings are in non-live markets.

Amateur geo-ratings analysts have at it!

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View American Idol Relative Ratings By City in a full screen map

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How to read the map: The markets are color coded based on their relative ratings Index. 100 = the US national average rating for the show. 50 = half the US national average rating for the show, 200= twice the national average rating for the show, etc. The individual markers are clickable, and I've included the entire set of data below for those who want to go crazy with their own analysis.
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American Idol
STD - 1/18/12-2/16/12 Program Average
City State  Index to Total US
Green Bay  WI  180
Fresno  CA  168
Milwaukee  WI  164
Birmingham  AL  162
Mobile  AL  160
Memphis  TN  156
St. Louis  MO  155
Greensboro  NC  151
Columbus  GA  148
Atlanta  GA  146
South Bend  IN  144
Kansas City  MO  141
New Orleans  LA  139
Detroit  MI  139
Cleveland  OH  138
Springfield  MO  138
Charleston  WV  137
Dayton  OH  137
Chattanooga  TN  136
Dallas  TX  136
Albany  GA  135
Madison  WI  132
Greenwood  MS  131
Louisville  KY  131
Joplin  MO  127
Grand Rapids  MI  125
La Crosse  WI  124
Columbus  OH  124
Charlottesville  VA  124
Lansing  MI  124
Charlotte  NC  123
Jacksonville  FL  122
Bakersfield  CA  122
Honolulu  HI  122
Little Rock  AR  122
Raleigh  NC  121
Indianapolis  IN  120
El Paso  TX  120
Washington DC  119
Ottumwa  IA  119
Flint  MI  117
Portland  ME  117
Huntsville  AL  116
Nashville  TN  115
Columbia  SC  115
Florence  SC  115
Lexington  KY  115
Minneapolis  MN  115
Toledo  OH  114
Hartford  CT  114
Parkersbrg  WV  114
Wichita Falls  TX  114
Tulsa  OK  113
Missoula  MT  113
Greenville  SC  113
Greenville  NC  113
Cincinnati  OH  113
Columbus  MS  113
Quincy  IL  112
Rochester  NY  111
Wausau  WI  111
Macon  GA  111
Wilmington  NC  111
Nrth Platte  NE  110
Harrisburg  PA  110
Butte  MT  110
Lubbock  TX  109
Sacramento  CA  109
Champaign  IL  109
Lafayette  LA  109
Jackson  MS  109
Savannah  GA  109
Johnstown  PA  108
Beaumont  TX  108
Roanoke  VA  108
Bangor  ME  108
Wheeling  WV  107
San Angelo  TX  107
Grnd Jnctn  CO  107
Houston  TX  107
Columbia  MO  107
Charleston  SC  107
Topeka  KS  106
Helena  MT  106
Erie  PA  106
Davenport  IA  105
Salt Lake City  UT  105
Richmond  VA  105
Alpena  MI  105
Oklahoma City  OK  104
Ft. Smith  AR  104
Rockford  IL  104
Terre Haute  IN  104
Austin  TX  103
Burlington  VT  103
San Francisco  CA  103
Phoenix  AZ  102
Bend  OR  102
Youngstown  OH  102
Knoxville  TN  102
Tri-Cities  TN  102
Rapid City  SD  102
Binghamton  NY  102
Miami  FL  102
Portland  OR  101
Tampa  FL  101
Monterey  CA  101
Baton Rouge  LA  101
Colorado Springs  CO  99
Peoria  IL  99
West Palm Beach  FL  99
Monroe  LA  99
Augusta  GA  99
Chico  CA  98
Sherman  TX  98
Buffalo  NY  98
Syracuse  NY  98
Norfolk  VA  98
Meridian  MS  97
Dothan  AL  97
Twin Falls  ID  97
Yakima  WA  97
Wichita  KS  96
Reno  NV  96
Pittsburgh  PA  96
Wilkes Barre  PA  95
Medford  OR  95
Fargo  ND  94
Des Moines  IA  94
Los Angeles  CA  94
Evansville  IN  94
Traverse City  MI  94
Lima  OH  94
Yuma  AZ  94
Paducah  KY  94
Presque Isle  ME  93
Marquette  MI  93
Sioux City  IA  93
Tallahassee  FL  93
Montgomery  AL  93
Beckley WV  92
Orlando  FL  92
Harrisonburg  VA  92
Albany  NY  92
Chicago  IL  92
Tyler  TX  92
Watertown  NY  92
Elmira  NY  92
Eugene  OR  91
Las Vegas  NV  91
San Antonio  TX  90
Boise  ID  90
Ft. Myers  FL  89
Spokane  WA  89
Duluth  MN  88
Panama City  FL  88
Alexandria  LA  88
Gainesville  FL  88
Odessa  TX  88
Sioux Falls  SD  87
Bowling Green  KY  87
Great Falls  MT  87
Bismarck  ND  87
Tucson  AZ  87
Ft. Wayne  IN  86
Clarksburg  WV  86
Albuquerque  NM  85
Billings  MT  85
Abilene  TX  85
Fairbanks  AK  84
New York  NY  83
Lincoln  NE  83
Waco  TX  83
Cedar Rapids  IA  82
San Diego  CA  82
Omaha  NE  82
Boston  MA  81
Idaho Falls  ID  81
Shreveport  LA  81
Denver  CO  80
Baltimore  MD  80
Salisbury  MD  80
Seattle  WA  79
Mason City  IA  79
Anchorage  AK  78
Amarillo  TX  78
Jackson  TN  77
Harlingen  TX  76
Mankato  MN  75
Utica  NY  75
Providence  RI  75
Philadelphia  PA  72
Santa Barbara  CA  71
Eureka  CA  64
Corpus Christi  TX  62
Biloxi  MS  60
Palm Springs  CA  52
Laredo  TX  37
Juneau  AK  28
Jonesboro  AR  15
Lafayette  IN  6
Hattiesburg  MS  5
Casper  WY  1
Cheyenne  WY  1

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