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‘Idol’ Posts Gains to Take Tuesday Night

May 7, 2009 3:28 PM

Fox’s “American Idol” easily took the top ratings spot Tuesday, May 5, showing a slight gain over the previous week. American Idol

Fox’s “Idol” posted an 8.3 rating/23 share among adults 18-49 and scored 23.4 million viewers, according to final live-plus-same-day figures from Nielsen. Tuesday night’s episode, which featured performances from the final four contestants, gained 3% over the previous week and only dipped one-tenth of a point over its comparable night last year. In total viewers, Tuesday night’s episode was up 7% over this time last year. “Idol’s” bump, however, did not help “Fringe,” which scored a 3.8/10 (9.2 million) in the 9 p.m. hour—down 5% over last week. In the demo, “Idol” and “Fringe” were the top two shows of the night.

CBS dramas “NCIS” (3.6/10, 16.7 million), “The Mentalist” (3.6/9, 16.7 million) and “Without a Trace” (2.6/7, 11.8 million) were all in line with recent telecasts—the first two dipped just one-tenth of a rating point while the last increased by one-tenth. Both “Mentalist” and “Trace” also won their hours among total viewers.

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Couples” (3.6/10, 9.1 million) remained flat over last week but continued to post season-to-date gains over last year, up 13% for the same comparable period. At 10 p.m. “Law & Order: SVU” (3.7/10, 9.8 million) dipped 5% over last week but won the hour in the demo.

Special episodes of “Scrubs” (1.5/4, 3.7 million) and “Better Off Ted” (1.2/3, 3.1 million) in the 8 p.m. hour improved ABC’s performance in the time period by 40% over last week when the network aired back to back episodes of “According to Jim.” Both “Scrubs” and “Ted,” however, slipped from their most recent original telecasts in their regular Wednesday time slots two weeks, posting 21% and 29% decreases, respectively. A results episode of “Dancing With the Stars” (3.2/8, 14.6 million) was off one-tenth of a point over last week, while “Cupid” (1.6/4, 5.1 million) remained flat.

The CW’s “Reaper” (0.8/2, 1.9 million) was up slightly over last week, while “90210” (0.9/2, 1.8 million) remained flat. The network averaged a 1.4/4 among women 18-34.

For the night: Fox (6.2/17, 16.6 million) finished first, followed by NBC (3.9/10, 9.4 million), CBS (3.2/9, 15.1 million), ABC (2.0/6, 7.8 million) and The CW (0.9/2, 1.9 million).

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