Lead by American Idol, of course Fox won the adults 18-49 ratings race on Tuesday, as a repeat of Glee scored a surprising 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. NBC’s Parenthood slipped 16% to a 2.6 rating in its second outing. Lost recovered fractionally (+2%) from last week to a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating. Melrose Place averaged just a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating (0.6 adults 18-34) in its return from a long layoff.

Of course, American Idol steamrolled the competition in its hour, it was down 5% in adults 18-49 ratings vs. last Tuesday’s 2 hour telecast, but equal to its ratings on the comparable night last season. Idol haters keeping track at home can note the show’s down just 5% in adults 18-49 this season so far. I’m surprised by the relatively strong performance of the Glee repeat that followed Idol. I think that set up is going to produce huge ratings for the new episodes.

NBC’s Parenthood’s 16% slippage from its premiere isn’t unusual, but it didn’t start that high to begin with, and a 2.6 rating is hardly “saving the network” caliber. It likely wasn’t helped by a 6% fall in The Biggest Loser ratings to a 3.0 for adults 18-49.

CBS ratings seemed to converge on the mean, as NCIS fell 5% from last week to a season low 3.8 rating, while NCIS: LA was up 13% to a 3.5 rating, and The Good Wife increased 4% to a 2.8 rating.

As noted, Lost recovered a tick in the adults 18-49 ratings from last week, and while it’s likely few care at this point, the forgotten was down 12% from its last original episode on 2/23 to a 1.5 rating.

After not airing a new episode since early December, CW’s Tuesday night fell predictably from its last new episode ratings, hitting season 18-49 lows. 90210 scoring a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating (1.0 adults 18-34, 1.3 women 18-34), and Melrose Place just a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating (0.6 adults 18-34, 0.7 women 18-34).

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX American Idol 7.9 23 21.815
CBS NCIS 3.7 11 18.747
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.6 8 7.002
ABC Lost (repeat) 1.3 4 3.982
CW 90210 0.8 2 1.780
8:30 FOX American Idol 8.5 23 23.408
CBS NCIS 4.0 11 20.246
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.6 7 6.916
ABC Lost (repeat) 1.7 5 4.347
CW 90210 0.7 2 1.576
9:00 ABC Lost 4.2 11 9.395
CBS NCIS: LA 3.5 9 17.218
FOX Glee (repeat) 3.3 9 8.674
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.2 8 8.429
CW Melrose Place 0.5 1 1.210
9:30 ABC Lost 4.3 11 9.651
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.6 9 9.270
CBS NCIS: LA 3.5 9 16.638
FOX Glee (repeat) 2.7 7 6.987
CW Melrose Place 0.5 1 1.167
10:00 CBS The Good Wife 2.9 8 14.175
NBC Parenthood 2.8 8 6.436
ABC the forgotten 1.7 5 5.193
10:30 CBS The Good Wife 2.8 8 13.640
NBC Parenthood 2.5 8 5.709
ABC the forgotten 1.3 4 4.591

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


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