joshua ledet top 12 boys TV ratings: 'American Idol' rocks Tuesday, 'NCIS' and 'Cougar Town' downFast National ratings for Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

Bringing “American Idol” on for a Tuesday night paid off big for FOX, though “NCIS” still won the most viewers for the 8 p.m. hour on CBS.

Elsewhere, “Cougar Town” was down for the second week in a row.

FOX won for total viewers, drawing 15.8 million people
and a 9.3 rating/14 share in households. CBS was a close second (14.5 million, 9.2/14), with ABC a more distant third (5.6 million, 3.6/6), NBC fourth (5.5 million, 3.5/5) and The CW fifth (999,000, 0.7/1).

FOX also came out on top in the 18-49 demographic with a 5.0 rating for the night, beating out CBS (2.8), NBC (2.0), ABC (1.6) and The CW (0.4).

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “NCIS” (18 million viewers, 11.2/17 households)
FOX: “American Idol” (15.6 million, 9.2/14)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” (5.5 million, 3.4/5)
ABC: “Last Man Standing” (7.4 million, 4.4/7)/”Cougar Town” (4.3 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: “Hart of Dixie” rerun (893,000, 0.6/1) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (4.9) 9 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (16.1 million, 9.5/14)
CBS: “NCIS: Los Angeles” (15.7 million, 9.8/15)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” (5.9 million, 3.7/5)
ABC: “The River” (4.1 million, 2.6/4)
The CW: “Ringer” (1.1 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (5.1) 10 p.m. CBS: “Unforgettable” (9.9 million, 6.5/11)
ABC: “Body of Proof” (6.7 million, 4.6/7)
NBC: “Parenthood” (5.1 million, 3.3/5) 18-49 leader: “Unforgettable” (1.9)/”Parenthood” (1.9) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.