TV ratings: 'Idol' leads Tuesday, 'V' return mediocre

elizabeth-mitchell-v2010-return-320.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"American Idol" led Tuesday night's ratings the way it always does, while ABC had some good news and some bad news with its revamped lineup.

The good: The "Dancing with the Stars" results show performed pretty well against "Idol" and helped give "Lost" a bit of a bump over recent weeks as well. The bad: Following "Lost," the return of "V" failed to abduct many new viewers -- although it was at least stronger than "The Forgotten" had been in the time period.

FOX drew 21.3 million viewers and a 12.1 rating/19 share in households in primetime. ABC (10.5 million, 6.6/11) came in second, a little ahead of CBS (9.6 million, 6.3/10). NBC took fourth with 7 million viewers and a 4.4/7. The CW (1.3 million, 0.8/1) was in the back of the pack.

FOX dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 7.5 rating, more than doubling the 3.3 for ABC. NBC came in third at 2.7, followed by CBS, 1.8, and The CW, 0.7.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (19.1 million viewers, 10.9/18 households)
ABC: "Dancing with the Stars" results (14.1 million, 9.2/15)
CBS: "NCIS" rerun (10.7 million, 6.8/11)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (6.7 million, 4.2/7)
The CW: "90210" (1.5 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (7.0)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (23.5 million, 13.4/21)
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" rerun (10.15 million, 6.5/10)
ABC: "Lost" (10.06 million, 6.2/10)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (8 million, 5.0/8)
The CW: "Melrose Place" (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (8.0)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Good Wife" rerun (8.1 million, 5.5/10)
ABC: "V" (7.3 million, 4.5/8)
NBC: "Parenthood" (6.3 million, 4.1/7)

18-49 leader: "V" (2.9)

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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