Tuesday Viewers Suffer Through 'Idol' Men


Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 6 ,2007.

There may be a consensus that the men stink on this season's "American Idol," but that didn't stop viewers from tuning in to "Idol" and FOX on Tuesday.

Overall, FOX averaged a 15.1 rating/23 share, far, far ahead of the 6.3/10 for second place CBS or NBC's 5.3/8. ABC was fourth with a 4.1/7 and The CW was fifth with a 2.8/4.

Among adults 18-49, FOX had a 10.3 rating, more than four-times better than the 2.3 rating for NBC or CBS' 2.2 rating. The CW moved up to fourth with a 1.9 rating and ABC trailed with a 1.8 rating.

At 8 p.m., the Top Eight "Idol" men attracted a 16.0/24, down slightly from last week's episode, but a good bit better than the 8.0/12 for CBS' "NCIS" repeat. "Dateline NBC" and ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" followed, while "Gilmore Girls" had a 3.0/5.

"House" retained most of its lead-in and the viewers stuck around for a robust 14.2/22 in the 9 p.m. hour for FOX. CBS' repeat of "The Unit" was second, nipping the 5.0/8 for "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" on NBC. ABC was fourth with "Primetime: The Outsiders." On The CW, "Pussycat Dolls: Search for the Next Doll" did an encouraging 2.6/4 without any drop at the half-hour point.

NBC won the repeat-filled 10 p.m. hour with a 6.3/11 for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." CBS' "48 Hours Mystery" was second with a 5.8/10, with ABC's "Boston Legal" bringing up the rear.

Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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