By Annie Barrett
Updated January 13, 2010 at 05:39 PM EST
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The season premiere of American Idol 9 was down less than 1 percent in total viewership from last year’s debut; Fox crushed the January 12 competition by pulling in nearly 30 million viewers over two hours. Over on CBS, very few viewers defected from NCIS at 8 p.m. (viewership was down only 3 percent from last week’s new episode), while NCIS: Los Angeles lost 14 percent of last week’s viewership in the 9 p.m. time slot. The Jay Leno Show is not seeing better numbers despite the late-night TV kerfuffle that’s been going on in the past week.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8:00

American Idol 9 (Fox)

29.8

8:30

Better Off Ted (ABC)

2.2

9:00

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

15.5

9:30

Better Off Ted (ABC)

2.5

10:00

The Good Wife (CBS)

13.8

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