‘Idol’ Juggernaut Dominates Tuesday Ratings

Feb 13, 2008  •  Post A Comment

“American Idol” rolled on to dominate Tuesday night for Fox, but a scrappy CBS held steady with “Big Brother” and “Jericho” premieres.
Fox’s two-hour “Idol” Tuesday raked in a 12.3 among viewers 18 to 49, up 10% from last week, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. Of course, “Idol” didn’t have to square off against Super Tuesday coverage this week.
Going head-to-head with “Idol” was NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Couples,” pulling in a 3.0, steady from last week. NBC finished the night with a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” (2.6), giving the Peacock a nightly total of 2.8.
Leading off with a repeat of “NCIS” (2.3), CBS unveiled its newest version of “Big Brother,” putting up a 2.7. So-so and similar numbers to the summer premiere iteration of the show, but “Brother” wasn’t dealing with “Idol” at the time.
“Jericho” reappeared on the schedule in the 10 p.m. slot, garnering a 2.5, off a bit from last season’s average (2.7), when the show aired at 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
The Eye was third for the night, showing a 2.5.
ABC (1.5) had new episodes of “Just for Laughs” (1.4), “According to Jim” (1.4), “Carpoolers” (1.3) and “Boston Legal” (1.8). The latter had its lowest showing ever for an original episode.
A repeat of “Reaper” (0.8) and a new episode of “One Tree Hill” (1.4), up slightly from last week’s 1.3, gave The CW a 1.1 and, as usual, fifth place.

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