TV Ratings: Tuesday ‘Idol’ helps FOX hold off CBS

01.28.09 9 years ago

Michael Becker/FOX

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009.

Thanks to another strong “American Idol” performance, FOX still managed to win Tuesday night, though CBS kept things tighter than usual.

Actually, in the key 18-49 demographic, FOX still won handily, doing a 7.2 rating to beat the 3.5 rating for NBC and CBS’ 3.2 rating. ABC’s 2.0 rating and the 0.3 rating for The CW followed.

Overall, though, FOX’s 10.3 rating/15 share seemed to only nip the 9.8/15 for CBS. Of course, if you look at total audience size, FOX averaged an estimated 18.65 million viewers, roughly three million more than CBS. NBC was third with a 5.9/9, followed by ABC’s 3.7/6. The CW was last with a 0.7/1.

In the 8 p.m. hour, FOX’s “American Idol” did a 13.7/20 and pulled in 25.2 million viewers. CBS was a strong second with the 11.6/17 for “NCIS.” NBC’s “Biggest Loser: Couples” had a 5.4/8 to easily beat ABC’s “Homeland Security.” The CW’s “90210” had a 0.8/1 for a repeat.

CBS moved into first in the 9 p.m. hour with a 9.6/14 for “The Mentalist.” The second hour of NBC’s “Biggest Loser” improved to a 7.6/11. FOX’s “Fringe” lost roughly half of its lead-in with a 6.9/10 (more than half in total viewers). ABC’s “Scrubs” averaged a 3.3/5. The CW finished fifth with “Privileged.” 

At 10 p.m. CBS closed strong with an 8.2/14 for “Without a Trace.” NBC’s repeat of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” took second, edging the 4.2/7 for ABC’s “What Would You Do?” special.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.

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