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Ratings: 'American Idol' wins Tuesday

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As usual, Fox’s American Idol was Tuesday evening’s top-rated program with 25.2 million viewers. That’s up 11 percent from last Tuesday, when President Barack Obama’s Neighborhood Ball stole some viewers, but still 17 percent below its season premiere. Meanwhile, with 19 million viewers, CBS’ NCIS continued to perform well opposite TV’s top-rated show. Elsewhere in primetime, there was good news for ABC’s Scrubs, which actually grew 11 percent at 9 p.m. and 16 percent at 9:30 p.m., to average above 5 million viewers for the hour. And Fox’s Fringe held strong week-to-week with 12.1 million viewers. Still, that show couldn’t beat the second hour of NBC’s Biggest Loser: Couples, which averaged 12.9 million, or a repeat of TV’s No. 1 new series, CBS’ The Mentalist (15.1 million).





























Show Time Viewers (in millions)
8 p.m. American Idol (Fox)
Biggest Loser: Couples (NBC)
Homeland Security USA (ABC)
90210 (The CW)
1.1 (repeat)
9 p.m. The Mentalist (CBS)
Fringe (Fox)
Scrubs (ABC)
Privileged (The CW)
15.1 (repeat)
.8 (repeat)
9:30 p.m. Scrubs (ABC) 5.0
10 p.m. Without a Trace (CBS)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
What Would You Do? (ABC)
7.1 (repeat)

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