By Mandi Bierly
Updated May 20, 2009 at 11:20 PM EDT
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As expected, American Idol was Tuesday’s top-rated show, as fans had their last chance to judge Adam Lambert and Kris Allen before tonight’s season 8 finale. Dancing With the Stars’ crowning of Shawn Johnson fell 3 million viewers shy of the title. All eyes were on Fox’s sneak peek at Glee, at least figuratively. Though the well-reviewed high school-set musical comedy from Nip/Tuck’s Ryan Murphy finished just behind DWTS in the coveted adults 18-49 demo for the 9 p.m. hour, Fox can’t be entirely happy. It held on to less than half of its tailor-made Idol lead-in and, more worrisome, dropped 3.5 million viewers over the course of the 60 minutes. The episode will be available on the network’s website throughout the summer, leading up to the series’ fall bow, which, of course, will be the true test.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8 p.m.

American Idol (Fox)
NCIS (CBS)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Most Outrageous Moments (NBC)
Reaper (The CW)

23.1
16.1
7.7 (repeat)
3.0 (repeat)
1.8

9 p.m.

Dancing With the Stars Finale (ABC)
The Mentalist (CBS)
Glee (Fox)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
90210 (The CW)

20.1
16.8
10.7
3.5 (repeat)
2.1

10 p.m.

Without a Trace (CBS)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

11.3
6.7 (repeat)

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