Of course American Idol and Fox ruled the night in both demos. NBC’s Biggest Loser and Law & Order: SVU lead it to second, just topping CBS in the 18-49 demo. ABC’s Cupid premiered weakly, behind a Dancing With the Stars that was again humbled by Idol. The new Fox Osbournes Reloaded premiere managed a surprising (to me) 4.1 18-49 demo rating.

Fox’s audience for the night was pretty close to what it was 2 weeks ago when American Idol last ran on Tuesday. It’s Osbournes Reloaded premiere managed a 4.1 adults 18-49 demo rating in the half hour that it was alone. Not bad at all. However, it wasn’t shown in almost 11% of the US, so it’s not clear how that will change the final ratings.

Both NBC and CBS, moved up in both adult demos from their last standard night two weeks ago. with CBS finishing second in the 18-49 demo at 8pm, and NBC taking over second at 9pm and then first at 10pm.

All bad news for ABC, it finished way behind Univision in adults 18-34, a Better Off Ted repeat was 6th in the demos at 8pm, Dancing With The Stars was again crushed by Idol, and the premiere of Cupid was weak. Here are Cupid’s half hours:10pm 2.5/7, 1.9/6, 8.64; 1030pm: 2.1/6, 1.6/5, 6.49. Note that Cupid may have had some Dancing overrun in its first half hour.

For the CW, Reaper was steady from last week, when it had only the President as broadcast competition,  and 90210 moving to 9pm, with its first new episode since February 10, returned down 0.1 ratings point in adults 18-49 and 0.25 ratings points down in adults 18-34.

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 8.5 23 6.8 21 23.36
CBS NCIS 3.4 9 2.3 7 16.83
NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 3.1 8 2.5 7 7.94
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 2.1 5 2.3 7 4.97
CW Reaper 1.0 3 1.0 3 2.37
ABC Better Off Ted (repeat) 0.9 3 0.7 2 3.36
9:00 FOX American Idol (0:26)/Osbournes (0:04) 9.0 22 7.1 20 23.68
NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 4.0 10 3.3 9 9.56
CBS The Mentalist 3.8 9 2.6 7 16.92
ABC Dancing With the Stars: Results 3.0 7 2.2 6 13.00
UNI Mañana Es Para Siempre 2.2 5 2.5 7 5.01
CW 90210 1.1 3 1.4 4 2.04
9:30 FOX Osbournes Reloaded (premiere) 4.1 10 3.5 10 9.33
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU 3.5 9 3.3 10 9.34
CBS Without A Trace 2.9 8 1.6 4 12.70
ABC Cupid (premiere) 2.3 6 1.8 5 7.56
UNI Aqui y Ahora 1.6 4 1.8 5 3.85

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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