Every network brought their A-team last night, and while it was a close race for average viewers, Fox’s American Idol and Fringe still managed to sweep the night. And despite far fewer viewers, NBC’s Biggest Loser lifted the net into a tie with CBS for #2 in the important adults 18-49 demo and past CBS for the 18-34 demo. With that fight at the top, ABC’s interim line up just got pummeled, finishing in a dead heat with Univision. The CW was even worse off. 90210 is not doing well vs. Idol and Privileged has but 2 more episodes before it rides into the sunset.

With everyone in new episodes at 8pm, the results were down for American Idol, Biggest Loser and 90210 from last week, and for NCIS from January 27, but Idol still easily swept the hour, while more than doubling the NCIS demo ratings. Idol had nearly half the English broadcast viewers in each demo for the hour.

There hasn’t been a new Tuesday Mentalist since January 13, but it came back strong, increasing across the board from its last new outing and topping the viewership for the 9pm hour. Even so, it was Biggest Loser winning both demos for the hour. Ben Silverman’s not a total failure! And I can just hear the commenter caveats being composed already, but Fringe was a strong number 2 in both demos for the hour. How can Fox not be happy with that? Note that if Idol ran over (I don’t know if it did), the Fringe fast affiliate numbers will be adjusted down in the final ratings.

The 10pm picture was similar to 9pm, CBS’s Without A Trace was the top viewer draw, but the adult demo viewers were captured by Dateline NBC. ABC’s True Beauty was unwatched.

For comparison, here are last Tuesday’s results.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (000) 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share
8:00 FOX American Idol 23,067 8.6 23 7.2 23
CBS NCIS 17,305 3.5 10 2.1 7
NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 7,349 2.8 8 2.3 7
ABC Be My Valentine Charlie Brown 5,090 1.5 4 1.3 4
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4,363 1.6 4 1.7 5
CW 90210 2,408 1.2 3 1.6 5
8:30 FOX American Idol 25,955 9.5 24 8.1 23
CBS NCIS 18,640 3.9 10 2.4 7
NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 7,854 3.1 8 2.6 7
ABC Be My Valentine Charlie Brown 4,664 1.5 4 1.3 4
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4,399 1.6 4 1.7 5
CW 90210 2,362 1.2 3 1.7 5
9:00 CBS The Mentalist 19,406 4.1 10 2.6 7
FOX Fringe 11,867 4.8 12 3.9 11
NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 10,382 4.2 10 3.5 10
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 5,243 2.1 5 2.2 6
ABC Scrubs 4,601 2.0 5 2.2 6
CW Privileged 1,598 0.7 2 1.0 3
9:30 CBS The Mentalist 19,915 4.2 10 2.7 7
NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 11,671 4.7 11 4.0 11
FOX Fringe 9,053 3.8 9 3.0 8
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 5,280 2.2 5 2.3 6
ABC Scrubs 4,234 2.0 5 2.3 6
CW Privileged 1,433 0.6 1 0.8 2
10:00 CBS Without a Trace 14,844 3.5 9 2.5 7
NBC Dateline NBC 11,502 4.2 11 3.1 9
UNI Aqui y Ahora 3,756 1.7 4 1.6 5
ABC True Beauty 3,682 1.6 4 1.5 4
10:30 CBS Without a Trace 14,255 3.4 9 2.4 7
NBC Dateline NBC 11,079 3.9 10 2.8 8
ABC True Beauty 3,844 1.7 4 1.6 5
UNI Aqui y Ahora 2,751 1.2 3 1.1 3

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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