Primetime Ratings: Special 'Idol' Helps Fox Win Tuesday

Many shows either tie or fall to new series lows
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Fox aired a special two-hour Tuesday edition of American
Idol
, which, while down 11% from last Wednesday's episode to a 3.4 rating with
adults 18-49, was enough to win the night in the demo, according to Nielsen
overnight numbers.

CBS took second in the demo with a 2.6 rating/7 share, but
was first in overall viewers with 15.18 million to Fox's 11.49 million. NCIS
and its spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles were each down 3% to a 3.0 and 2.8,
respectively. Golden Boy declined 11% from last week's premiere to a
1.6; the show moves to its regular Friday time slot at 9 p.m. beginning March
8.

ABC was in third with a 1.3/4. Celebrity Wife Swap fell
38% from last week premiere, a series high, to its series-low for a Celebrity edition with a 1.5. The
Taste
dropped another 14% to a 1.2, its lowest rating so far. Body of
Proof
stayed at its own series-low of 1.2.

NBC's Smash declined 22% from last week to fall to a
new series-low 0.7 rating. New comedies Go On and The New Normal
also tied their series lows, as Go On was flat at 1.1 and New Normal
declined 10% to a 0.9. At 8:30 p.m., a "best of" Betty White's Off Their
Rockers
drew a 1.1. NBC finished in fourth with a 0.9/3.

The CW rounded out the evening with a 0.4/1. Hart of
Dixie
 was flat in both the net's targeted 18-34 demo with a 0.7 and
with 18-49s with a 0.6. 

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