TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Tops Tuesday Again

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

Two hours of "American Idol" gave FOX another ratings win Tuesday night and kept a couple competitors from reaching the heights they have in recent weeks.

FOX earned a 14.3 rating/21 share in primetime, coasting to victory over CBS, 10.2/16 (FOX had about 9 million more viewers). NBC came in third with a 5.9/9. ABC was well off the pace in fourth at 2.9/4, while a night of repeats on The CW came in at a negligible 0.7/1.

FOX also ruled the adults 18-49 demographic with a 9.5 rating, which was better than the combined total of the other four networks. NBC took second with a 3.6, edging CBS' 3.4. ABC averaged 1.5 and The CW 0.4.

The first batch of semifinalists on "American Idol" drew a 14.0/21 at 8 p.m. "NCIS," 11.1/17, drew its usual strong numbers for CBS. "The Biggest Loser: Couples," 5.2/8, put NBC in third. "Homeland Security USA" earned a 3.1/5 for ABC, well ahead of a "90210" repeat on The CW.

"American Idol" improved to 14.6/22 at 9 p.m. "The Mentalist," 11.4/17, kept CBS in second, while "The Biggest Loser" rose to 6.1/9 for NBC -- both shows, however, fell off a little from their numbers last week. A pair of "Scrubs" repeats averaged 1.9/3 for ABC. The CW went with a "Privileged" rerun.

CBS' "Without a Trace," 8.0/13, took over the lead at 10 p.m. "Law & Order: SVU" drew a 6.5/11 for NBC. "Primetime: What Would You Do?" scored a 3.6/6 for 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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