American Idol dominating another Tuesday was never in doubt, but with the CBS Tuesday lineup back in full swing there were other questions, including how V would fare.

While FOX won the night in an easy victory, the battle for second place was closely contested with ABC and CBS splitting 18-49 honors, ABC taking second with adults 18-34, and CBS taking second with total viewers.  NBC was only a tenth of an 18-49 ratings point behind the two, and well ahead of CBS with adults 18-34.

Down has been a consistent theme lately, and Tuesday night was no exception with the Dancing With the Stars Results show (2.4), Lost (3.8), V (2.5), The Good Wife (2.4), and NCIS: LA (2.9),  and NCIS (3.4) all setting or tying season or series lows with adults 18-49.

The news was better for NBC’s Parenthood — it was up a tenth of a ratings point and won the 10pm hour with a 2.6 rating with adults 18-49.  .  The 10pm hours was closely contested but V was down four-tenths from last week’s preliminary 2.9 to the 2.5 rating mentioned above  and The Good Wife struggled with the d 2.4 rating a series low.

Barring some sort of ratings apocalypse there is no chance Parenthood won’t be renewed.   On the other hand, it’s NBC where ratings apocalypse happens.  The big question for V is whether it will keep falling.  The trend is not its friend.  Idol still dominated with a 7.1 rating for adults 18-49 and 20.4 million viewers, but it too was down from last week with adults 18-49 (~-8%) and viewers (~-5%)

CW’s shows were hardly on the map, but lest you think 90210 and Melrose Place have similar ratings just because neither seemed particularly visible, 90210 fared about 67% better than Melrose Place with CW’s target of women 18-34 (1.5 vs. 0.9). 90210 had a sizeable lead with A18-49 and viewers too.  That’s not to say 90210’s numbers were any good, but it has already been renewed and it’s W18-34 was better than Life Unexpected on Monday.

Yes, I know, The Good Wife had a huge victory with total viewers at 10pm, but most of them were 50+.  Yes, I also know it skews old.  Tell us something we don’t know!  K, thx, bai.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 6.4/19 17.93
CBS NCIS 3.4/10 16.02
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.6/8 6.81
ABC Dancing With the Stars Results 2.4/7 12.30
CW 90210 0.8/2 1.55
9:00 FOX American Idol 7.8/20 22.87
ABC Lost 3.8/10 9.45
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.3/8 8.34
CBS NCIS: LA 2.9/8 13.65
CW Melrose Place 0.5/1 1.05
10:00 NBC Parenthood 2.6/7 6.33
ABC V 2.5/7 6.02
CBS The Good Wife 2.4/7 12.02

In late night metered market action:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.3/8 in metered-market households) out-rated CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.8/7) and ABC’s c combination of “Nightline (2.9/7) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.5/5) in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1.2/5) ranked #1 among the major networks in the time period over “Late Show” (0.9/4), “Nightline” (1.2/5) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.8/4).
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.7/4 in 18-49) defeated “Late Late Show” (0.5/5).
  • 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.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


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