Primetime Ratings: Fox Back On Top With 'Idol'

After an 'Idol'-less Tuesday last week, juggernaut puts network back at number one
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American Idol was back in Fox’s Tuesday night lineup this week, and the show continued its ratings dominance by easily beating out NBC’s Biggest Loser: Couples edition for first place in both the 8 and 9 p.m. time slots.

At 8, Idol drew an 8.2/22 and 22.7 million total viewers. Biggest Loser was behind at 3.2/9 with nearly three times fewer total viewers. CBS finished third with a re-run of NCIS delivering a 2.6/7. ABC came in fourth with a 1.6/4 for Homeland Security. The CW was fifth with a new episode of Reaper pulling a 0.9/2.
Idol got the biggest numbers of the night in the 9 p.m. hour with a 9.7/23 rating and an increase to 25.7 million total viewers. The second hour of Biggest Loser earned a 3.9/6. Again, CBS finished third at 2.7/6 with a re-run of the Mentalist. Back-to-back episodes of Scrubs (both re-runs) delivering a 1.2/3 and 1.3/3 respectively gave ABC a 1.3/3 fourth-place finish for the hour. A 90210 re-run on the CW drew a 0.5/1.
At 10, another installment of The Bachelor: After the Final Rose 2, on ABC took first place with a 4.0/10. NBC finished second at 2.4/6 with a re-run of Law & Order: SVU, and CBS was third with Without A Trace (re-run) at 2.2/6. In total viewers, CBS inched just ahead of ABC with 10.7 million, only about a thousand viewers in front of ABC.

For the night Fox earned an 8.9/23 and had nearly twice as many total viewers at 24.2 million than second place CBS.  NBC was second on the night with a 3.2/8. CBS was next at 2.5/6. ABC earned a 2.3/6 and the CW finished fifth with a 0.7/2.