Simon Baker of 'The Mentalist'

Simon Baker of 'The Mentalist'

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"American Idol" kept FOX in the top ratings spot Tuesday, but CBS and its dramas made things interesting.

FOX led the night with a 9.7 rating/15 share and 16.58 million viewers, beating the 9.5/15 and 15.19 million viewers for CBS. NBC finished third at 6.4/10. ABC, 5.3/8, came in fourth, and The CW was way back in fifth, drawing a 1.2/2.

FOX's lead among adults 18-49 was wider -- it scored a 6.0 rating in the demographic to finish well in front of NBC's 3.7. CBS took third with a 3.2. ABC averaged 2.0 and The CW 0.8.

"American Idol's" Rat Pack night drew a 13.2/21 for FOX at 8 p.m. "NCIS" -- which introduced a possible spinoff in the episode -- earned a solid 10.0/16. " The Biggest Loser: Couples," 5.4/9, took third for NBC. Two episodes of "According to Jim" put ABC in fourth, while "Reaper" staked a 1.2/2 for The CW.

CBS took the lead 9 thanks to " The Mentalist," which built a little on its lead-in and scored a 10.5/16. ABC jumped up to second with "Dancing with the Stars," 9.2/14. "The Biggest Loser" finished third in households for NBC, but "Fringe" (6.1/9) had more viewers. The CW's "90210" held steady at 1.2/2.

" Without a Trace," 8.0/13, kept CBS in front at 10, although NBC's " Law & Order: SVU" (7.1/12) won the hour in adults 18-49. "Cupid" posted a 4.1/7 for ABC.

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