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TV Ratings: Idol, Glee Win Again; Parenthood Gains; Lost Falls

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April 21st, 2010


ABC's Lost was scheduled to run from 9:00-10:02pm Eastern, and V from 10:02-11:00pm, while Fox's American Idol ran until 9:04 Eastern time and Glee ran from 9:04pm-10:04pm. There is a greater than usual likelihood that all four of those shows will have their ratings adjusted in the final ratings available later today.

Scoreboard FOX NBC ABC CBS Uni CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 6.0/16 3.2/9 2.8/8 1.7/5 1.3/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.4/16 2.4/7 2.2/7 1.0/3 1.3/4 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 16.321 8.031 9.610 9.231 3.339 0.914


Fox's Tuesday steamroller of American Idol and Glee had a bit less steam this week, but still flattened the competition in the adults 18-49 ratings on the night.

American Idol's 6.7 adults 18-49 rating was down 8% from last week's preliminary number, but an upward adjustment is likely in the final ratings. Glee's preliminary 5.4 adults 18-49 rating was down 4% from last week, but with a likely adjustment its hard to draw firm conclusions.

ABC's Dancing with the Stars results show fell another 11% vs. last Tuesday to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, its lowest rated results show ever. Lost fell 8% to a 3.6 rating, its lowest rated original episode ever, although that may be adjusted upwards. V recovered 4% to a was flat with a 2.3 rating (vs. last week), but that's likely to be adjusted downwards because of the Lost overrun.

NBC's just renewed Parenthood likely took advantage of the Good Wife repeat competition once again to rise 16% vs. last week to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. From 8-10pm The Biggest Loser's 3.3 adults 18-49 rating was even with last week.

Late Night ratings via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (3.0/8 in metered-market households) out-rated CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" (2.6/7) and ABC's combination of "Nightline (2.6/6) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (1.4/4) in Nielsen's 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1.0/5) ranked #1 among the major networks in the time period over "Late Show" (0.7/3), "Nightline" (1.0/4) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (0.6/3).
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) topped CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49 with an encore telecast) defeated "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX American Idol 6.3 19 18.050
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.7 8 7.037
ABC Dancing with the Stars Results 2.1 7 12.483
CBS NCIS (repeat) 1.6 5 9.604
CW 90210 (repeat) 0.4 1 0.984
8:30 FOX American Idol 7.2 20 20.222
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.1 9 7.580
ABC Dancing with the Stars Results 2.7 7 14.411
CBS NCIS (repeat) 1.8 5 10.070
CW 90210 (repeat) 0.3 1 0.854
9:00 FOX Glee 5.7 15 14.804
ABC Lost 3.6 9 9.531
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.6 9 9.238
CBS NCIS: LA (repeat) 1.9 5 10.239
CW Life Unexpected (repeat) 0.4 1 0.893
9:30 FOX Glee 5.0 12 12.207
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.9 10 9.882
ABC Lost 3.7 9 9.172
CBS NCIS: LA (repeat) 2.0 5 10.103
CW Life Unexpected (repeat) 0.3 1 0.925
10:00 NBC Parenthood 3.0 8 7.368
ABC V (10:02 start) 2.5 7 6.417
CBS The Good Wife (repeat) 1.5 4 7.871
10:30 NBC Parenthood 2.8 8 7.079
ABC V 2.2 6 5.648
CBS The Good Wife (repeat) 1.3 4 7.500

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