TV ratings: 'American Idol' rises, rules Tuesday

katie-stevens-idol0323-320.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"American Idol" improved on its performance from last week, rising by more than a million viewers as it ran away with Tuesday's ratings crown. As things stand now, though, it trails the "Dancing with the Stars" premiere for the week's most-watched honors.

FOX scored 23.8 million viewers and a 13.3 rating/21 share in households for the night, more than doubling the viewer total for second-place CBS (10.7 million, 6.9/11). NBC (7.7 million, 4.7/8) and ABC (6.1 million, 3.8/6) both saw their fortunes rise a bit against CBS' rerun slate. The CW, per usual, brought up the rear with just 1.3 million viewers and a 1.0/2.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 8.3 rating beat the combined total of the other four networks. CBS was the best of the rest at 2.9, followed by ABC at 2.4 and NBC at 1.9. The CW drew a 0.6.

Tuesday's hourly numbers:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (22.7 million viewers, 12.8/21 households)
CBS: "NCIS" rerun (12.8 million, 8.1/13)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (7.3 million, 4.4/7)
ABC: "Lost" rerun (4.2 million, 2.8/5)
The CW: "90210" (1.6 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (7.8)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (25 million, 13.9/21)
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" (11.2 million, 7.2/11)
ABC: "Lost" (9 million, 5.4/8)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (8.7 million, 5.2/8)
The CW: "Melrose Place" (1 million, 0.8/1)

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

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Good Wife" rerun (8 million, 5.4/9)
NBC: "Parenthood" (7.1 million, 4.5/8)
ABC: "Lost" (ended at 10:06)/"V: The Arrival" (5.1 million, 3.2/6)

18-49 leader: "Parenthood" (2.7)

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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