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‘Idol,’ ‘Loser’ Maintain Strength; ‘Jim’ Drags Down Timeslot Average

April 15, 2009 11:34 AM

Fox led the way Tuesday night with “American Idol,” and NBC held strong with “The Biggest Loser.” Meanwhile, the time-period debut of “According to Jim” didn’t do much to help ABC in the 8 p.m. hour.

American Idol

Performances from the top seven contestants on Fox’s “American Idol” scored an 8.2 rating/23 share among adults 18-49 and 23.5 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. After “Idol,” “Fringe” scored a 4.4/11 (11.5 million) in the 9 p.m. hour. However, due to a four-minute overrun from “Idol,” figures for Fox are approximate until final numbers are released later today.

Back-to-back new episodes of “According to Jim” (1.2/4, 4.7 million and 1.2/3, 4.2 million) posted decreases from the network’s season-to-date averages in those half-hours (down 43% and 46%, respectively). A results episode of “Dancing With the Stars” (3.4/8, 14.8 million) was up one-tenth of a rating point over last week, while “Cupid” (1.8/5, 6.6 million) was up two tenths.

On NBC, “The Biggest Loser” (3.7/10, 9.1 million) was up 16% over last week to score its best performance since March 10. At 10 p.m. “Law & Order: SVU” was a repeat.

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS” and “The Mentalist,” followed by a new “Without a Trace” (3.0/8, 13.2 million), which was up 11% from last week even without an original lead-in.

The CW’s “Reaper” (0.9/2, 2 million) remained flat from last week. A new “90210” (1.2/3, 2.1 million), featuring guest appearances by Tori Spelling and Diablo Cody, was up one-tenth of a point from last week and scored the show’s best performance since early February. Among women 18-34, the network averaged a 1.5/4 for the night.

For the night: Fox was first (6.3/16, 17.5 million), followed by NBC (3.3/9, 8.2 million), CBS (2.6/7, 12.9 million), ABC (2.1/6, 8.6 million) and The CW (1.0/3, 2.1 million).

Update: "Idol" gained three-tenths of a ratings point in the final national numbers, lifting the program to a 8.5 rating/23 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic. This puts last night's "Idol" up 3% compared with the same night last year. "Fringe" fell to a 4.0/10 in the finals, ending the night on par with past performances.

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