Against a CBS repeat line up, American Idol dominated the ratings even more completely than last Tuesday, and both ABC’s Lost and NBC’s Parenthood gained vs. last week.

American Idol was up 2% from last Tuesday (and 1% from the comparable show last season) to a night dominating 8.3 adults 18-49 rating, more than the other four English broadcast networks combined on the night. For Idol fans (or haters) keeping track at home, the show is down just 5% in adults 18-49 ratings on a season to date basis.

ABC’s Lost was up a tenth of a point to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating vs. last week, but since it overran 6 minutes into the 10pm hour, the final ratings will be likely revising that number upwards. On the flipside, the special V clip show’s 1.9 rating will likely be revised downwards.

NBC seemed to be the biggest beneficiary of the CBS repeat night, as Biggest Loser was up 7% to a 3.0 rating and Parenthood was up a whopping 17% to a 2.7 rating.

The lack of new episodes on CBS didn’t help the CW at all, as 90210 tumbled 22% to a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating and Melrose Place fell a tenth of a point to a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX American Idol 7.2 22 20.994
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.5 8 7.114
CBS NCIS (repeat) 2.1 7 12.531
ABC Lost (repeat) 1.3 4 4.058
CW 90210 0.8 2 1.710
8:30 FOX American Idol 8.5 24 24.357
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.8 8 7.518
CBS NCIS (repeat) 2.3 7 13.106
ABC Lost (repeat) 1.6 5 4.423
CW 90210 0.7 2 1.458
9:00 FOX American Idol 8.7 22 24.944
ABC Lost 3.7 10 8.796
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.3 8 8.540
CBS NCIS: LA (repeat) 2.0 5 11.282
CW Melrose Place 0.5 1 1.048
9:30 FOX American Idol 8.9 22 25.077
ABC Lost 4.0 10 9.183
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.4 8 8.910
CBS NCIS: LA (repeat) 2.0 5 11.163
CW Melrose Place 0.5 1 0.958
10:00 NBC Parenthood 2.8 8 7.250
ABC V (clip special) 2.4 7 6.245
CBS The Good Wife (repeat) 1.4 4 8.126
10:30 NBC Parenthood 2.7 8 6.886
CBS The Good Wife (repeat) 1.4 4 7.841
ABC V (clip special) 1.4 4 4.044

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