TV Ratings: FOX Holds Off CBS Tuesday

NOTE: Nielsen is doing testing for the digital transition starting Thursday, Jan. 29. As a result, Fast National ratings will be delayed until 1 p.m. ET through March. As always, we will post ratings information as soon as we have it.

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009

"American Idol" recovered from its inauguration-induced ratings dip last week to lead FOX to a ratings victory on Tuesday.

FOX averaged a 10.3 rating/15 share for the night, beating out CBS' 9.8/15 for the top spot. The gap among total viewers was significantly wider, with FOX drawing 18.65 million people to CBS' 15.65 million. NBC finished third with a 5.9/9. ABC, 3.7/6, came in fourth, and The CW was well back with a meager 0.7/1.

FOX also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 7.2 rating. NBC was a distant second at 3.5, followed by CBS at 3.2. ABC averaged 2.0 and The CW a paltry 0.3.

"American Idol" scored a 13.7/20 at 8 p.m., improving by about 3 million viewers over last week, when some folks were otherwise occupied with the presidential inauguration. "NCIS" drew a very solid 11.6/17 to finish second. "The Biggest Loser: Couples," 5.4/8, put NBC in third. "Homeland Security USA," 3.7/5, came in fourth for ABC, while The CW trailed with a "90210" rerun.

CBS took the lead at 9 p.m. with "The Mentalist," 9.6/14. "The Biggest Loser" improved to 7.6/11 in its second hour, beating out the 6.9/10 for "Fringe" on FOX. An hour of "Scrubs" on ABC averaged 3.3/5. The CW aired a "Privileged" repeat.

"Without a Trace," 8.2/14, claimed the top spot for CBS at 10 p.m. A "Law & Order: SVU" rerun scored a 4.8/8 for NBC, beating the 4.2/7 for "What Would You Do?" on ABC.

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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