As expected, American Idol driven Fox dominated the night, its 6.3 rating for adults 18-49 nearly doubling that of the nearest competition. The return of Fringe seemed to be about at the level of its last new episode in early February. CBS nipped NBC for second overall in the 18-49 demo for the night with a 3.3 rating. ABC’s Tuesday woes continued, as the second episode of Cupid fell to a cancel worthy 1.8 demo rating.

American Idol’s first hour was down 0.6 demo ratings points from last week. NCIS gained two ticks in the 18-49 demo. Reaper, now with a “Help Wanted, Producer” sign out, dropped a tick in the 18-49 demo and two in the 18-34 demo.

It’s hard to directly compare last night’s Fringe with its last outing on February 10, but looking just at the second half hour of each night (which was all Fringe), it was just about even. Dancing With The Stars picked up a bit from last week in the 18-49 demo, but Biggest Loser and Mentalist were down. CW’s 90210 was about even.

Cupid’s second outing was dismal, pulling just a 1.8 18-49 demo rating.  We’ve had some retentionista boosting of the show recently in our comments. In my best Edward G. Robinson (Ten Commandments) voice, “Where’s your retention now?”. The show’s doomed. Law & Order: SVU and Without A Trace were both down from last week.

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 7.9 21 6.3 19  21.987
  CBS NCIS 3.6 10 2.1 6  17.554
  NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 2.6 7 2.1 6  7.004
  UNI Cuidado con el Angel 1.8 5 1.9 6  4.669
  ABC Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown 1.3 3 1.0 3  4.565
  CW Reaper 0.9 2 0.8 3  2.284
9:00 FOX American Idol (:09) / Fringe (:21) 5.5 14 4.3 12  14.343
  NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 3.7 9 2.9 8  9.040
  CBS The Mentalist 3.6 9 2.3 6  16.754
  ABC Dancing With the Stars: Results 3.3 8 2.5 7  14.343
  UNI Mañana Es Para Siempre 2.1 5 2.3 6  5.191
  CW 90210 1.1 3 1.4 4  2.135
9:30 FOX Fringe 3.8 9 2.9 8  9.582
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU 3.2 9 2.7 8  9.084
  CBS Without A Trace 2.7 7 1.7 5  12.204
  ABC Cupid 1.8 5 1.5 4  6.224
  UNI Aqui y Ahora 1.4 4 1.6 5  3.588

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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