TV Ratings: CBS Nearly Passes FOX Tuesday
'American Idol' barely holds off 'Mentalist,' 'NCIS'
Simon Baker of 'The Mentalist'
CBS nearly pulled off the rare feat of drawing more viewers than FOX on an "American Idol" night on Tuesday, but FOX managed just to hold onto the title.
CBS did lead the night in households, drawing a 10.9 rating/17 share. FOX (10.0/15), however, held a scant lead in viewers -- 17.48 million to 17.39 million for CBS. NBC finished third with a 6.4/10. ABC, 2.7/4, came in a distant fourth, while The CW trailed at 1.4/2.
FOX maintained its dominance among adults 18-49, scoring a 6.7 rating in the key demographic. CBS and NBC tied for second at 3.8. ABC averaged 1.7 and The CW 0.9.
"American Idol" scored a 13.8/21 for FOX at 8 p.m. "NCIS" was its usual solid self, coming in at 11.3/17. "The Biggest Loser: Couples," 4.9/7, came in third for NBC. A pair of Charlie Brown Valentine's specials put ABC in fourth, beating the 1.7/3 for "90210" on The CW.
"The Mentalist," 12.1/18, captured the lead for CBS at 9 p.m. "The Biggest Loser" jumped up to 6.8/10 in its second hour, topping the 6.2/9 for "Fringe" on FOX. An hour of "Scrubs" earned a 2.8/4 for ABC. "Privileged" closed the night for The CW.
CBS stayed on top at 10 p.m. thanks to "Without a Trace," 9.2/15. A "Dateline NBC" interview with octuplets mother Nadya Suleman posted a 7.6/13. "True Beauty" suffered without a "Bachelor" lead-in, drawing only a 2.5/4.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.