TV ratings: 'American Idol' beats Olympics Tuesday

michael-lynche-american-idol-320.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010

"American Idol" revealed a few of its top 24 on Tuesday, and that helped FOX beat NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics in the ratings.

FOX scored 23.6 million viewers and a 12.9 rating/19 share in households for the night, beating the 20.4 million and 12.2/19 for NBC. CBS (9.5 million, 6.3/10) was a distant third. ABC (6.35 million, 3.9/6) came in fourth, and another night of reruns on The CW managed only 864,000 viewers and a 0.6/1.

FOX's lead among adults 18-49 was wider -- it drew a 9.1 rating to NBC's 5.4. ABC took third in the demographic with a 2.6, followed by CBS, 1.8, and The CW, 0.4.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (23.1 million viewers, 12.6/19 households)
NBC: Winter Olympics (18.6 million, 11.3/17)
CBS: "NCIS" rerun (11.6 million, 7.5/11)
ABC: "Lost" rerun (4.2 million, 2.8/4)
The CW: "90210" rerun (904,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (8.8)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (24.2 million, 13.2/19)
NBC: Winter Olympics (20.9 million, 12.4/18)
ABC: "Lost" (9.8 million, 5.8/8)
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" rerun (9.1 million, 6.0/9)
The CW: "Melrose Place" rerun (823,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader:
"American Idol" (9.3)

10 p.m.

NBC:
Winter Olympics (21.8 million, 12.9/22)
CBS: "The Good Wife" rerun (7.8 million, 5.3/9)
ABC: "The Forgotten" (5.05 million, 3.3/5)

18-49 leader: Winter Olympics (6.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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