FOX, 'Idol' Dominate Tuesday

"American Idol" was a half-hour shorter on Tuesday, but it was as big as ever in the ratings, leading FOX to another big win. "The Amazing Race," meanwhile, returned to its old format but scuffled a little in the Nielsens.

FOX averaged a 14.7 rating/22 share for the night, nearly lapping second-place CBS, 7.6/10. NBC finished third at 6.8/10. ABC came in fourth with a 5.3/8, followed by The WB at 2.9/4. UPN managed only a 1.0/1.

Among adults 18-49, FOX's 10.7 rating was bigger than the combined total for its three closest competitors. NBC and CBS tied for second at 3.8, and ABC posted a 2.8 in the key ad-sales demographic. The WB averaged 2.0 and UPN a measly 0.6.

Hour one of the "Idol" female semifinalists scored a 15.9/24 at 8 p.m. CBS' "NCIS" turned in a typically solid performance to finish second at 9.7/14. The "Idol" juggernaut hurt NBC's "Deal or No Deal," which posted a 6.1/9, well below its Monday numbers. ABC was fourth with an "According to Jim" repeat and "Rodney." The WB got a 3.2/5 from "Gilmore Girls," while UPN went with an "America's Next Top Model" repeat.

FOX stayed in front at 9 p.m. with the conclusion of "American Idol," 18.6/27, and an episode of "The War at Home," 8.2/12. The premiere of "The Amazing Race" scored a 6.9/10 for CBS. ABC moved up to third with a second "Jim," 4.9/7, and "George Lopez," 5.6/9. An hour of "Scrubs" averaged 4.9/7 for NBC. "Supernatural" kept The WB in fifth, beating out repeats of "Girlfriends" and "Half & Half" on UPN.

"Law & Order: SVU," 9.4/15, put NBC in the top spot at 10 p.m. "Boston Legal" averaged 7.2/12 for ABC, and the second hour of "The Amazing Race" dropped to 6.3/10.

  • 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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