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‘Idol’ Rules Reality Realm

March 19, 2008 11:32 AM

American Idol

Tuesday was reality night as all of the networks rolled out their reality heavy-hitters. But Fox’s “American Idol” remained the lead dog with a season-low Tuesday rating.

Fox and “Idol” posted a 10.3 rating/25 share in the 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers, trumping the rest of the networks combined by 12%. “Idol” dropped 6% from last week.

The second night of “Dancing With the Stars” (4.0) buoyed ABC (3.1) to second place. “Stars” was down slightly from its last two Tuesday-night premieres.

In a curious bit of scheduling, ABC premiered comedy “Miss Guided” at 10:30, after “Stars,” where it ended up with a 2.9. “Miss Guided” boosted the time period’s previous four-week average by 16%, but tomorrow moves to Thursday at 8 p.m.

A close third, NBC (3.0) was incredibly pleased with “The Biggest Loser: Couples” (3.1), which posted a small gain from last week, even with competition on both ends from “Idol” and “Stars.”

CBS’ “Big Brother” (2.0) and “Jericho” (2.0) were right around par, while a repeat of “NCIS” (2.0) was up 33% from last week. CBS (2.0) was fourth.

The CW (1.1) celebrated “One Tree Hill’s” (1.4) 100th episode as well as its gains from week to week. Yesterday’s “Hill” was the second highest rated show of the season, soaring 27% from last week in 18-49 and up 31% in the target 18-34 demo to a 2.1.

“Beauty and the Geek” (0.8) was close to its premiere numbers last week. The CW ended the night with a 1.5 in its key 18-34 demo.

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