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Same Old Song: ‘Idol’ Boosts Fox to Tuesday Win

March 12, 2008 12:19 PM

“American Idol” returned to its two-hour format Tuesday and dominated the night, allowing Fox to handily beat the other networks’ combined average ratings.

“Idol” posted a 10.8 in the 18-49 demographic, up slightly from last week’s one-hour show. Fox was first with a 10.8.

NBC (3.0) had the No. 2 and No. 3 shows of the night with a “Law & Order: SVU” repeat (3.0) and “The Biggest Loser” (2.9). “Loser” was down 17% from last week.

ABC and CBS tied with a 1.8. ABC ran the season finale of “According to Jim” (1.5) and a new episode of “Just For Laughs” (1.2), along with repeats. The network rounded out the night with “Primetime: What Would You Do?” (2.8), rebounding 33% from last week.

CBS had “Big Brother” (2.1), down slightly from last week, and “Jericho” (1.9), up slightly from last week.

A new season of “Beauty and the Geek” (0.9) premiered on The CW (1.0). Compared to previous seasons, “Geek” is way off the mark, down 59% from the Jan. 3, 2007, premiere of the show.

“Geek” posted a 1.1 in the CW’s key 18-34 demographic, off 62% from last January.

A new “One Tree Hill” brought in a 1.1 (1.6 in the 18-34 demo), down 21% from last week.

Odds and Ends:

- MyNet posted the network’s second highest viewership ever in 18- to 49-year-olds last week with a Tuesday episode of “Jail,” which brought in 1.2 million viewers.

- CBS is letting the public experiment with some Web gadgets that it has over at labs.cbs.com. Currently, the network is letting viewers stream HD-quality episodes of some of its series, including “Jericho.”

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