Primetime Ratings: Dancing with the Stars Can’t Catch American Idol

Second Night of Premiere of ABC Reality Show Strong but Fox Juggernaut Stronger

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was on track in the second night of its two-night premiere, averaging a 4 rating/10 share in the 18-49 demo in the 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m. slot Tuesday night. But Fox’s American Idol predictably waltzed away with the night, averaging a 10.3/25 in the demo from 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Dancing helped ABC to finish second for the night, but a preview airing of the network’s new sitcom, Miss Guided, squandered much of its Dancing lead in with a 2.9/8 in the demo that matched the second half of a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit repeat on NBC. Miss Guided moves to its regular slot Thursdays at 8 p.m.

NBC placed third, with a double helping of The Biggest Loser, averaging a 2.8/7 in the demo from 8 p.m.-9 p.m. and a 3.1/8 in the second hour, besting CBS, which earned a 2/5 for a repeat of NCIS and a 2/4 for Big Brother.

CBS’ Jerichocontinued to struggle through its abbreviated second season, averaging a 2/6 in the demo from 10 p.m.-11 p.m.

On The CW, Beauty and the Geek averaged a 0.8/2 in the demo from 8 p.m.-9 p.m. while One Tree Hill averaged a 1.4/3 from 9 p.m.-10 p.m.