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Ratings: 'American Idol' wins Tuesday, 'The Biggest Loser: Couples' gets a boost

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Nightly winner American Idol, plus NCIS, Dancing With the Stars, and The Mentalist all took ratings hits Tuesday night, as the three-hour season finale of NBC’s The Biggest Loser: Couples added nearly three million viewers to its audience from last week. Fringe, however, grew week-to-week with its season 1 finale — although it’s worth noting that the show bled 4.6 million viewers over the course of the hour.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8 p.m. American Idol (Fox)
NCIS (CBS)
The Biggest Loser: Couples (NBC)
According to Jim (ABC)
Reaper (The CW)
21.8
15.8
11.8
3.9
2.0
8:30 p.m. According to Jim (ABC) 3.9
9 p.m. The Mentalist (CBS)
Dancing With the Stars Results (ABC)
Fringe (Fox)
90210 (The CW)
16.1
13.8
11.2
2.1
10 p.m. Without a Trace (CBS)
Cupid (ABC)
13.4
5.5

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