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Fox Gets Feisty With ‘Idol,’ ‘Fringe’; ‘Cupid’ Dips in 2nd Week

April 8, 2009 11:18 AM

Fox delivered a one-two punch with “American Idol” and “Fringe” to take the top two spots of the night. On ABC, “Cupid” lost some love after its debut last week.

American Idol

Fox’s “Idol” scored a 7.8 rating/21 share and 22 million viewers from 8-9 p.m., according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was down 12% from last week. “Idol,” however, had a nine-minute overrun into the 9 p.m. hour, which will affect final numbers for the competition series and its follow-up, “Fringe,” which returned with a 4.7/11 (12 million) for the 9 p.m. hour.

On ABC, “Cupid” (1.7/5, 6.2 million) was down 26% from its premiere last week. Tuesday’s episode lost 49% of its “Dancing With the Stars” results lead-in, compared with last week’s lead-in drop of 26%. “Dancing” (3.3/8, 14.3 million) was up 7% over last week’s episode. The network opened the night with the Peanuts specials “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” and “Charlie Brown All Stars,” which posted a 1.3/3 (4.6 million) in the 8 p.m. hour.

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” (3.1/8, 8 million) showed strong growth throughout the night, posting a 67% increase from the 8 p.m. half-hour to the 9:30 p.m. slot. Last night’s episode was down 11% from last week, but the show has shown a 17% increase season-to-date compared with last year. At 10 p.m., “Law & Order: SVU” scored a 3.2/9 (9.1 million), winning the 10 p.m. hour.

On CBS, “NCIS” (3.6/10, 17.6 million) was up one-tenth of a point from last week, while both “The Mentalist” (3.6/9, 16.8 million) and “Without a Trace” (2.7/7, 12.2 million) posted dips from last week (down 5% and 4%, respectively).

The CW aired new episodes of “Reaper” (0.9/2, 2.3 million) and “90210” (1.1/3, 2.1 million). The network averaged a 1.4/4 among women 18-34.

For the night: Fox came out on top (6.2/16, 17 million), followed by CBS (3.3/9, 15.5 million), NBC (3.2/8, 8.4 million), ABC (2.1/5, 8.4 million) and The CW (1.0/3, 2.2 million).

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