If it's Tuesday -- and according to our calendar, last night was -- then it means FOX is sitting atop the Nielsen ratings for the night.
Such was the case again Tuesday as FOX averaged a 10.4 rating/16 share for the night. ABC finished second at 7.1/11. NBC, 5.7/9, came in third, followed closely by CBS, 5.4/8. The CW drew a 1.1/2.
FOX also ruled among adults 18-49, scoring a 7.2 rating in the demographic advertisers love so much. NBC took second with a 3.4. ABC, 2.5, was third, followed by CBS, 2.3, and The CW, 0.7.
A night of inspirational songs on "American Idol" delivered a 13.9/22 for FOX at 8 p.m. CBS' "NCIS" returned with an 8.8/14. "The Biggest Loser," 5.0/8, put NBC in third, beating out "Just for Laughs" on ABC. "Beauty and the Geek" earned a 1.2/2 for The CW.
ABC took the overall lead at 9 p.m. with the "Dancing with the Stars" results show, 10.9/16. FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" (6.9/10), however, led the hour among adults 18-49. "The Biggest Loser" improved to 6.3/9 in its second hour. CBS dropped to fourth with "Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part," 4.2/6. A "Reaper" encore aired on The CW.
A new episode of "Boston Legal" posted a 6.7/11 for ABC at 10 p.m. A "Law & Order: SVU" rerun, 5.8/10, was second for NBC. The "Secret Talents of the Stars" stayed secret to most people, drawing only a 3.2/5 for CBS.