TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Idol' Leads Fox Win, 'Raising Hope' Series High, Crazy Ratings For Charlie Sheen's '20/20'

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March 2nd, 2011

Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 6.5/18 3.1/9 2.3/6 2.1/6 1.4/4 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.1/16 1.9/6 1.7/5 1.4/4 1.5/5 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 18.138 15.367 6.369 6.187 3.658 1.556

With 90 minutes of American Idol, Fox towered over the broadcast competition in the adults 18-49 ratings on Tuesday, while Raising Hope hit a series high rating.

American Idol's 7.5 adults 18-49 rating was down 5% from last Wednesday (no Tuesday comparables this season, more historical comparisons coming) , but it lifted Raising Hope to a series high 3.4 rating, up a whopping 42% from last week.

ABC's No Ordinary Family continued slumping towards cancellation, down 14% vs. last week to just a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. V slipped 5% vs. last week to a 1.8 rating. Charlie Sheen's craziness gave ABC a huge boost at 10pm as 20/20's 3.2 rating approached 3x what Detroit 1-8-7 had done recently, and crushed the scripted competition, and our polled readers were pretty close to the mark with their guesses.

Idol may have done a number on CBS's line up, as NCIS as it fell 14% vs. last week to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating, and NCIS:LA tumbled 18% to a 3.2 rating. Free of Idol and showing little ill effect from the 10pm Sheen craziness, The Good Wife's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating was up 10% from last week.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser's 2.4 rating was down 11% vs. last week, and Parenthood's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating was down 10% from last week.

The CW's One Tree Hill fell 11% in adults 18-49 to a 0.8 rating, and Hellcats stayed even, and low, with just a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, March 1, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX American Idol 10 7.0 21 19.92
CBS NCIS 3.7 11 18.89
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPLES 2.0 6 6.19
ABC No Ordinary Family 1.2 4 4.41
CW One Tree Hill 0.8 2 1.73
8:30 FOX American Idol 10 7.6 21 21.36
CBS NCIS 3.9 11 19.50
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPLES 2.2 6 6.30
ABC No Ordinary Family 1.2 3 4.11
CW One Tree Hill 0.7 2 1.55
9:00 FOX AMERICAN IDOL 10 8.0 21 22.51
CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES 3.2 8 15.40
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPLES 2.6 7 7.34
ABC V 1.7 5 4.73
CW HELLCATS 0.6 2 1.42
9:30 FOX Raising Hope 3.4 9 8.76
CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES 3.3 9 15.79
ABC V 1.9 5 5.28
CW HELLCATS 0.6 2 1.52
10:00 ABC 20/20 SP: CHARLIE SHEEN 3.1 9 9.09
CBS THE Good Wife 2.3 6 11.87
10:30 ABC 20/20 SP: CHARLIE SHEEN 3.3 10 9.51
CBS THE Good Wife 2.1 6 10.75

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.5/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.3/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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