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‘Idol’ Continues Tuesday Slide

April 9, 2008 1:39 PM

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“American Idol” won another night, but continued its four-week Tuesday ratings slide while posting its lowest rating since May 2004.

“American Idol” landed an 8.9 rating/24 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demo, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. “Idol” was down 7% from last week.

Fox (7.2/18) ended the night with a solid showing from “Hell’s Kitchen” (5.4/13), nearly par with its series high last week.

"Idol" kicked up a little in national returns, officially posting a 9.2/24. Also changing was that instead of May 2004, yesterday's showing was "Idol's" worst numbers since March 2005.

“The Biggest Loser: Couples” (3.7/9) is winding down toward its finale next week, posting a 12% gain from last week in its best showing in three months. Second-place NBC (3.4/9) finished the night with a “Law & Order: SVU” repeat.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (3.5/9) didn’t fare well Tuesday, as its results show scored the lowest rating for the show in more than two years. Two episodes of “Just for Laughs” (1.4, 1.5) were about average. “Boston Legal” (2.4/7) returned with an original episode, up 33% from its last original episode in late February. ABC finished third with a 2.5/6.

Viewers didn’t care too much about George Takei’s country singing ability as CBS’s “Secret Talents of the Stars” (1.5/4) posted the worst showing in the Tuesday 10 p.m. time slot in nearly two years.

“Secret Talents” was off 38% from the time period’s previous four-week average and was down 42% from the slot’s most recent premiere, “Jericho” in mid-February.

“Big Brother” (2.4/6) was flat, and “NCIS” returned to near its previous season average with a 2.9/7. CBS ended the night in fourth place with a 2.3/6.

“Beauty and the Geek” (0.8/2, 0.9/3 in the 18-34 demo) was on par, and The CW (0.7/2) ended the night with a “Reaper” repeat.

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