As expected, American Idol driven Fox dominated the night, its 8.2 rating for adults 18-49 more than doubling that of the nearest competition (though NCIS was a repeat last night).  With CBS airing two out of three hours with repeats, NBC took second place for the night.

It doesn’t appear that anything new happened last night to change the renew/cancel prospects for any of the shows that were on, so here are a few disclaimers:

1.) because of the data source I am using, some of the demo numbers might be off by a tenth of a point.  I will correct as I get new data There were indeed a few shows off by 1/10th, but with additional data, I’ve corrected them (as of 9:10am PT).

2.) because American Idol had a four minutes of overrun (and a couple of those minutes were unplanned again) I’m sure that some DVRs recording both American Idol and Fringe got screwed up.

3.) for the reasons above, numbers for Fringe will go down in the finals (and Idol’s likely up)

4.) for similar reasons, due to Dancing With the Stars result show overrun, Cupid’s numbers (which weren’t good, despite retention) will go down in the final numbers.

Update: second half hour info for both Fringe and Cupid:

Here are Fringe’s numbers for the 9:30p-10p half hour (all Fringe):

3.9/9 (18-49), 2.9/8 (18-34), 9.763mm (viewers)

And here are Cupid’s numbers for 10:30p-11p (all Cupid)

1.5/4 (18-49), 1.2/3 (18-34), 5.408mm (viewers)

You can see past Tuesday overnight TV ratings reports here.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX American Idol 8.2/23 6.2/19 23.48
NBC The Biggest Loser: Couples 3.3/9 2.7/8 8.20
CBS NCIS (Repeat) 2.5/7 1.6/5 13.37
UNI Cuidado con el Ángel 1.7/5 2.0/6 4.48
ABC According to Jim 1.2/4 0.8/3 4.70
CW Reaper 0.9/2 0.9/3 2.05
8:30 ABC According to Jim 1.2/3 0.8/2 4.25
9:00 FOX Fringe 4.5/11 3.3/9 11.50
NBC The Biggest Loser: Couples 4.2/10 3.4/9 9.95
ABC Dancing With the Stars Results 3.4/8 2.5/7 14.76
CBS The Mentalist (Repeat) 2.4/6 1.5/4 12.10
UNI Mañana Es Para Siempre 2.0/5 2.3/6 4.99
CW 90210 1.2/3 1.8/5 2.13
10:00 CBS Without a Trace 3.0/8 2.0/6 13.17
NBC Law & Order: SVU (Repeat) 2.4/6 2.3/6 6.50
ABC Cupid 1.8/5 1.4/4 6.60
UNI Aquí y Ahora 1.5/4 1.5/4 3.711

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. 


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