TV ratings: Good start for 'Lost' as 'Idol' tops Tuesday

matthew-fox2-lost-s6-320.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010

The final season of "Lost" opened to bigger ratings across the board than last year's season 5 premiere, helping ABC to a solid second-place finish in adults 18-49 Tuesday. The Alphabet still trailed FOX and CBS overall, though.

FOX led the night with 16.9 million viewers and a 9.3 rating/14 share in households. CBS was close second with 16.1 million viewers and had a slightly better household rating, 9.9/16. ABC (11.4 million, 6.4/10) came in third. NBC (7.9 million, 4.9/9) took fourth as its gambit of putting "The Biggest Loser" directly opposite "Lost" didn't really work. The CW (767,000, 0.5/1) was barely in the picture with a night of reruns.

FOX's 6.4 rating took the top spot among adults 18-49, beating ABC's 5.1. CBS, 3.5, finished third, followed by NBC at 3.0. The CW managed only a 0.3.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

"American Idol" (24.4 million viewers, 13.3/20 households)
CBS: "NCIS" (19.1 million, 11.4/17)
ABC: Clip show - "Lost: The Final Chapter" (9.9 million, 5.8/9)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" rerun (5 million, 3.2/5)
The CW: "90210" rerun (873,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (8.9)

9 p.m.

"NCIS: Los Angeles" (16.4 million, 10.0/15)
ABC: "Lost" season premiere (12.4 million, 6.9/11)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (9.6 million, 5.8/9)
FOX: "Kitchen Nightmares" (9.3 million, 5.4/8)
The CW: "Melrose Place" rerun (661,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "Lost" (5.7)

10 p.m.

"The Good Wife" (12.7 million, 8.4/14)
ABC: "Lost" season premiere (11.75 million, 6.5/11)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (9.3 million, 5.7/9)

18-49 leader: "Lost" (5.5)

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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