TV ratings: 'Idol' is Tuesday's top show, but CBS leads night

didi-benami-idol-309-320.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"American Idol" was once again Tuesday's most-watched show, but CBS' strength at 9 and 10 o'clock gave the network a win for the night.

CBS scored 16.8 million viewers and a 10.4 rating/17 share in primetime, beating the 15.2 million viewers and 8.7/14 for FOX. NBC (7.3 million, 4.6/8) came in third, followed by ABC (6.2 million, 3.9/6). The return of "90210" and "Melrose Place" originals helped The CW some, but not a ton, as it drew 1.4 million people and a 1.0/2.

FOX did win the adults 18-49 demo with a 5.6 rating, finishing well ahead of CBS' 3.4. NBC took third with a 2.9. ABC's 2.4 was good for fourth, while The CW trailed at 0.7.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (22.6 million viewers, 12.7/20 households)
CBS: "NCIS" (19.5 million, 12.0/19)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (7 million, 4.4/7)
ABC: "Lost" rerun (4.2 million, 2.8/4)
The CW: "90210" (1.7 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (8.2)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS: Los Angeles" (16.9 million, 10.3/16)
ABC: "Lost" (9.5 million, 5.6/9)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (8.85 million, 5.5/9)
FOX: "Glee" rerun (7.8 million, 4.7/7)
The CW: "Melrose Place" (1.2 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: "Lost" (4.2)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Good Wife" (13.9 million, 9.0/16)
NBC: "Parenthood" (6.1 million, 4.0/7)
ABC: "The Forgotten" (4.9 million, 3.3/5)

18-49 leader: "The Good Wife" (2.8)

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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