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‘Loser’ Has Big Finish, But Fox Still Rules Tuesday

April 16, 2008 12:18 PM

Biggest Loser

The season finale of “The Biggest Loser: Couples” weighed in as a big winner for NBC, tying its season-high premiere numbers, despite stiff competition from reality heavyweights “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Dancing With the Stars.”

“Loser” ended the night with a 4.4 rating/11 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, down 4% from its previous season finale in December. The December finale wasn’t running on the same night as “American Idol,” “Hell’s Kitchen” or “Dancing With the Stars.”

NBC (4.5/12) also welcomed back “Law & Order: SVU” (4.7/12) to average numbers for original episodes.

For all of “Loser’s” gains, Fox’s “American Idol” still rolled on to rule the night with an 8.8/23, down 7% from last week. “Idol” hasn’t posted a Tuesday gain since Feb. 12.

“Hell’s Kitchen” dropped 8% from last week to a 4.9/12. Fox finished first for the night with a 6.7/17.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” continued its ratings skid, with the results show posting a 3.4/8. That is a 6% drop and the show’s third-worst rating to date.

“According to Jim” schlepped into a new time slot, with two back-to-back episodes ending up with a 1.3/4 and a 1.3/3, down 24% from the time period’s previous four-week average. “Boston Legal” ended the night with a 2.2/6, down slightly from last week.

ABC tied CBS for third with a 2.3/6. CBS’ “NCIS” (3.1/8) and “Big Brother” (2.4/6) were up slightly from last week, while a plugged-in special “48 Hours Mystery” (1.5/4) placed last in the 10 p.m. hour. “Mystery” replaced the quickly scuttled “Secret Talents of the Stars,” which posted the same rating last week.

The CW (0.6/2) had “Beauty and the Geek” (0.7/2), down 22% from last Tuesday, and a “Reaper” repeat.


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