By Annie Barrett
Updated March 03, 2010 at 05:37 PM EST

Fox’s American Idol coasted to an easy win Tuesday night with a two-hour live performance episode. NBC’s multi-generational family drama Parenthood debuted modestly at 8.1 million total viewers, but it did beat the 10 p.m. hour’s viewership winner, CBS’ The Good Wife, in the 18-49 demographic — and Parenthood lost less than 4 percent of its audience over the hour. Read Ken Tucker’s take on Parenthood here.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8:00 p.m.

American Idol 9 (Fox)

23.4

9:00

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

15.0

10:00

The Good Wife (CBS)

13.3

Source: Nielsen

Read more:

‘American Idol’ recap: Boys of Slumber

‘The Biggest Loser’ recap: Who’s got the power?

‘Lost’ recap: The measure of the man

‘Parenthood’ premiere: Are you joining this family?

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