TV Ratings: 'Thriller' night for 'American Idol'

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The first performances by the "American Idol" finalists carried FOX to its usual dominant position in Tuesday's ratings.

FOX averaged a 14.5 rating/22 share in primetime, drawing 25.2 million viewers for the night. CBS was the best of the rest at 8.0/13. NBC, 6.2/10, came in third. ABC scored a 3.0/5 to take fourth, and The CW trailed with a 1.0/2.

FOX also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 9.2 rating. NBC earned a 3.7 in the demo to finish second, followed by CBS at 2.5. ABC averaged 1.5 and The CW 0.6.

"American Idol's" Michael Jackson-themed night delivered a 13.7/22 at 8 p.m. An "NCIS" rerun, 8.4/13, put CBS in second. "The Biggest Loser: Couples" took third for NBC, topping the 3.5/5 for "Homeland Security USA" on ABC. "Reaper" drew a 1.4/2 for The CW.

FOX improved to 15.2/23 with "Idol" at 9 p.m. CBS got a 9.0/14 from a "Mentalist" repeat. "The Biggest Loser" snagged a 6.2/9 for NBC. A pair of "Scrubs" reruns could muster only a 1.9/3 for ABC, while The CW went with a "90210" encore.

NBC took the lead at 10 with "Law & Order: SVU," 7.2/12. A "Without a Trace" repeat scored a 6.7/11 for CBS. "Primetime: What Would You Do?" posted a 3.5/5 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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