TV ratings: 'Idol' outscores 'Dancing,' CBS finales Tuesday

lee-dewyze-idol0524.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The final performances of the season on "American Idol" carried FOX to a ratings win Tuesday, but ABC nearly scored an upset in total viewers thanks to the "Dancing With the Stars" finale.

FOX drew 15.55 million viewers and an 8.8 rating/14 share in households in primetime. ABC actually had better household numbers (9.7/16) and trailed FOX by only a few hundred thousand total viewers, averaging 15.2 million for the night. CBS (13.2 million, 8.3/13) was a solid third. NBC (8.6 million, 5.1/8) came in fourth with a pair of finales, while reruns on The CW (676,000, 0.5/1) were not a factor.

The race wasn't as tight among adults 18-49: FOX's 5.7 rating was far and away the night's best. NBC finished second in the demo with a 3.4, followed by ABC at 3.1 and CBS at 2.6. The CW earned a 0.3.

Tuesday's hourly numbers:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (19.6 million viewers, 11.0/18 households)
CBS: "NCIS" season finale (15.9 million, 9.8/16)
ABC: "Dancing With the Stars" rerun (9.35 million, 6.2/10)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" season finale (8.6 million, 5.2/8)
The CW: "Life Unexpected" rerun (807,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (6.6)

9 p.m.

ABC:
"Dancing With the Stars" season finale (17.4 million, 11.0/17)
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" season finale (13.1 million, 8.3/13)
FOX: "Glee" (11.5 million, 6.7/10)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" season finale (11.2 million, 6.4/10)
The CW: "90210" rerun (545,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "Glee" (4.8)

10 p.m.

ABC:
"Dancing With the Stars" season finale (19 million, 11.9/20)
CBS: "The Good Wife" season finale (10.6 million, 7.0/12)
NBC: "Parenthood" season finale (6 million, 3.9/6)

18-49 leader: "Dancing With the Stars" (4.2)

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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