By Mandi Bierly
Updated March 25, 2009 at 10:05 PM EDT
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Barack Obama’s prime-time presidential news conference was the most-watched program Tuesday night, averaging 31.1 million viewers across the four broadcast networks at 8 p.m. Eastern. CBS kept the momentum into the 9 p.m. hour, with NCIS (17.5 million) defeating ABC’s Dancing With the Stars Results show (15.7 million). Without having to face Fox’s American Idol like they did on St. Patrick’s Day, DWTS, CBS’ The Mentalist (17.5 million), and NBC’s two-hour Biggest Loser: Couples (9.8 million) all saw healthy upticks week-to-week.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8 p.m.

Presidential News Conference (CBS)
Presidential News Conference (ABC)
Presidential News Conference (NBC)
Presidential News Conference (Fox)
Reaper (The CW)

9.9
8.7
8.3
4.3
2.5

9 p.m.

NCIS (CBS)
Dancing With the Stars Results (ABC)
The Biggest Loser: Couples (NBC)
House (Fox)
90210 (The CW)

17.5
15.7
9.8
4.2 (repeat)
.9 (repeat)

10 p.m.

The Mentalist (CBS)
Primetime: What Would You Do? (ABC)

17.5
8.5

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