Tuesday ratings have become boringly predictable. Fox wins with American Idol and Fringe. NBC finishes a solid second with Law & Order: SVU. CBS is a credible third, while ABC gets crushed. The finale of Better off Ted drew a pitiful 1.2 18-49 demo rating. Call the undertaker.

Fox’s numbers again for the night were nearly identical to the previous Tuesday’s TV ratings, but American Idol was up a few ticks in each demo, while Fringe was nearly identical slipped a few. Let the “Fringe is or isn’t a hit” nitpicking begin! Those involved in the show don’t care about your silly arguments, Fringe has already been renewed for a full season.

Everybody else was very close to last Tuesday’s numbers as well. NBC was down a couple ticks overall, no Hilary Duff on Law & Order: SVU perhaps.  CBS was identical overall for the night. ABC was up a tick in 18-34, and wishes TV viewing could just skip directly from Monday night to Wednesday. Their awful Tuesday’s cannot end soon enough. The CW was up a tick in each demo vs. last Tuesday.

It’s likely that the numbers for the first half hours of Fringe and Cupid have a few minutes of viewership from Idol and Dancing in them. Those will be removed in the final numbers.

You can see past Tuesday overnight TV ratings reports here.

Full details:

      18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share  Viewers Live+SD (000)
8:00 FOX American Idol 8.1 23 6.1 19  22.638
  CBS NCIS 3.4 9 2.3 7  16.276
  NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 3.0 9 2.5 8  8.053
  ABC Scrubs 1.5 4 1.5 5  3.830
  UNI Cuidado con el Angel 1.4 4 1.5 5  3.772
  CW Reaper 0.8 2 0.9 3  1.900
8:00 ABC Better Off Ted (finale) 1.2 3 1.0 3  3.217
9:00 FOX Fringe 4.3 11 3.5 10  10.438
  NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 4.0 10 3.2 9  9.912
  CBS The Mentalist 3.6 9 2.5 7  16.508
  ABC Dancing With the Stars: Results 3.1 8 2.0 6  14.270
  UNI Mañana Es Para Siempre 1.9 5 2.1 6  4.665
  CW 90210 1.0 2 1.4 4  1.885
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU 3.7 10 2.9 9  9.791
  CBS Without A Trace 2.6 7 1.6 5  11.933
  ABC Cupid 1.7 5 1.3 4  5.682
  UNI Aqui y Ahora 1.3 4 1.2 4  3.151

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


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