Idol Is the Star of the Night

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It’s the same old story, same old song and dance. Fox’s American Idol warbled its way past the competition on Tuesday night, scoring an 11.2 rating/30 share in the key 18-49 demo between 8-9, according to Nielsen Fast Affiliate numbers. The network’s doctor show House followed as the No. 2 show for the night, earning a healthy 9.9/24 from 9-10. Fox was the No. 1 network with an average 10.5/27 for the night.

Coming in at a distant second: CBS, with its lineup of NCIS, The Unit and CSI: Miami, which was a rerun. The Unit gave the network its highest numbers with a 3.9/9.

Next was NBC with a 2.4/6. Its highest-rated show was a rerun of Law & Order: SVU (3.4/9 from 10-11).

ABC was fourth with a 2.2/6 for its lineup of sitcoms and Boston Legal (its highest-rated show at a 3.0/8).

The WB was fourth with a 1.4/4. The network’s Pepper Dennis was last in its 9-10 time slot, earning a barely there 0.9/2.

UPN was last for the night with an 0.9/2 for a rerun of Next Top Model and a first-run Veronica Mars.