By Annie Barrett
Updated March 11, 2009 at 11:12 PM EDT
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As expected, a two-hour American Idol triumphed on Tuesday as the top 13 did their best to vaguely imitate Michael Jackson. Meanwhile, a repeat of CBS’ The Mentalist pulled in a very impressive 14.2 million viewers — a 10 percent bump over the audience for last week’s repeat, which also aired against Idol. Like last week, The Biggest Loser: Couples had less viewers than usual during its 8-9 p.m. hour, but did increase viewership by 15 percent over its second hour.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8:00 p.m.

American Idol (Fox)
NCIS (CBS)
The Biggest Loser: Couples (NBC)
Homeland Security (ABC)
Reaper (The CW)

23.6
13.3 (repeat)
8.5
5.1
2.2

9:00

American Idol (Fox)
The Mentalist (CBS)
The Biggest Loser: Couples (NBC)
Scrubs (ABC)
90210 (The CW)

26.9 (continued)
14.2 (repeat)
10.1 (continued)
2.9 (repeat)
1.0 (repeat)

9:30

Scrubs (ABC)

2.8 (repeat)

10:00

Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Without a Trace (CBS)
Primetime: What Would You Do? (ABC)

11.0
10.2 (repeat)
5.1

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