FOX unsurprisingly won the night with two hours of American Idol that averaged 25.1 million between 8pm-10pm and a 9.5/23 (rating/share) among 18-49 year olds.  CBS was in a distant second place, but it’s lineup, particularly NCIS and The Mentalist continue to be very strong.

NBC also continues to get great age demographics with The Biggest Loser and Law & Order: SVU easily won the demos at 10pm.

ABC?  Well, let’s just say  Dancing with the Stars can’t start soon enough!

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 FOX American Idol 23.02 8.4/23 7.0/22
CBS NCIS 17.68 3.6/10 2.2/7
NBC The Biggest Loser 8.08 3.1/8 2.5/8
ABC Homeland Security USA 5.03 1.4/4 1.2/4
CW 90210 (R) 1.22 0.5/1 0.6/2
8:30 FOX American Idol 25.64 9.6/24 7.8/22
CBS NCIS 18.46 3.8/10 2.4/7
NBC The Biggest Loser 8.33 3.3/8 2.7/8
ABC Homeland Security USA 4.41 1.4/4 1.2/3
CW 90210 (R) 0.98 0.4/1 0.5/1
9:00 FOX American Idol 25.96 9.9/24 8.3/22
CBS The Mentalist 18.33 3.7/9 2.3/6
NBC The Biggest Loser 9.34 3.9/9 3.1/8
ABC Scrubs (R) 3.06 1.2/3 1.3/4
CW Privileged (R) 0.82 0.4/1 0.5/1
9:30 FOX American Idol 25.80 9.9/23 8.5/22
CBS The Mentalist 18.20 3.8/9 2.3/6
NBC The Biggest Loser 9.91 4.1/10 3.2/8
ABC Scrubs (R) 2.84 1.2/3 1.4/4
CW Privileged (R) 0.74 0.3/1 0.4/1
10:00 CBS Without a Trace 12.53 2.7/7 1.6/5
NBC Law & Order: SVU 9.18 3.3/9 2.7/8
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 5.53 1.9/5 1.7/5
10:00 CBS Without a Trace 11.90 2.6/7 1.4/4
NBC Law & Order: SVU 9.72 3.6/10 3.1/9
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 5.84 2.0/6 1.8/5

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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


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