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‘Idol’ Steady Amid Super Tuesday Coverage

February 6, 2008 11:14 AM

American Idol (Fox)Fox’s “American Idol” reigned supreme again Tuesday night, with competition from Super Tuesday primary coverage seeming to matter not a bit. In fact, “Idol” was up a tick from last week to an 11.2 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsen returns.

Fox followed “Idol” with an original “House” (9.0), and the medical drama posted its highest regular-time-period rating in more than eight months.

NBC was the runner-up with “The Biggest Loser: Couples” (3.1), followed by Super Tuesday coverage (2.1).

CBS was third with an “NCIS” repeat (1.8) and election coverage (1.3).

ABC came in fourth with election coverage (1.4).

The CW aired a “Reaper” repeat (0.7) and “One Tree Hill” (1.3).

Nielsen returns for Monday night were delayed a full day, which cost NBC a headline. Matching its rating from last week, “American Gladiators” may finally have stabilized (3.7), although it’s tough to be certain since the previous episode was pushed until 10 p.m. on the West Coast, preventing an apples-to-apples comparison. “Deal or No Deal” continues to perform well (4.4) and was the highest-rated show of the night.

ABC came in a rare second place for the evening thanks to a 90-minute “20/20” (4.3) that aired hidden-camera footage providing new information regarding the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. Lead-in “Dance Wars” (2.5) was on par.

Fox came in third with “Prison Break” (2.9) and an on-par “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (3.5).

Fourth-place CBS aired a mix of originals and repeats, punctuated by the premieres of new sitcom “Welcome to the Captain” (2.6) and the return of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (3.1). “Captain” matched its “How I Met Your Mother” repeat lead-in, but underperformed for the time period. “Old Christine” was 16% below its average for the time period last year, but that’s to be expected given its repeat lead-in of “Two and a Half Men” (3.8). The network aired a repeat of “CSI: Miami” (2.4) at 10 p.m.

The CW aired a “Gossip Girl” repeat (0.6), “Girlfriends” (0.8) and “The Game” (1.0).

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