David Archuleta of 'American Idol'

David Archuleta of 'American Idol'

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008

Another Tuesday, another big ratings win for FOX and "American Idol," which once again beat back all comers.

FOX averaged a 13.9 rating/21 share in primetime, nearly tripling the household rating for No. 2 CBS, 5.3/8. NBC came in third at 4.3/7. ABC's 3.7/6 was good for fourth, while The CW trailed with a 1.7/3.

FOX similarly dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 9.4 rating. CBS finished a distant second at 2.6. NBC, 2.3, was third, followed by ABC, 1.8, and The CW, 1.1.

Performances by the top 10 men on "American Idol" drew a 15.8/24 for FOX at 8 p.m. An "NCIS" rerun, 7.3/11, put CBS in second. "The Biggest Loser" delivered a 4.5/7 for NBC, topping the 3.1/5 for "Just for Laughs" on ABC. The CW aired a "Reaper" encore.

The conclusion of "American Idol," 16.5/24, and the return of "Back to You," 7.5/11, kept FOX in the lead at 9 p.m. "The Biggest Loser" improved to 5.7/8, moving NBC into second place. CBS got a 4.4/7 from "Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part." ABC stayed in fourth with "According to Jim" and "Carpoolers," and "One Tree Hill" earned a 2.1/3 for The CW.

ABC grabbed the lead at 10 p.m. with "Primetime: What Would You Do?," 5.3/9. "Jericho" posted a 4.3/7 for CBS. The on-air debut of "Quarterlife" flopped, drawing only a 2.7/5 for NBC.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.