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"American Idol" opened with big ratings in Baltimore Tuesday night -- more than doubling the nearest competition.

From 8 to 10 p.m., "Idol" had an average audience of 156,000 adults ages 25 to 54 years-of-age. On WJZ, "NCIS and "NCIS/LA" averaged 66,000 adults. "The Biggest Loser," meanwhile, was seen by 39,000 on WBAL, with 14,000 adults on average watching four sitcoms on WMAR.

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Best of all for Baltimore's WBFF, the lead-in from "Idol" helped the Fox affliate almost triple its 10 p.m. news audience. (By the way, if you read Sunday's "Z on TV" column in the "Sun," you saw that kind of local ratings news boost predicted. It's the opposite of the Leno Effect, in which "the Jay Leno Show" provides a lead-in on NBC that depresses ratings and earning for late local news on affiliates.)

Have you been watching "Idol" this week? How does it feel without Paula Abdul?

For the latest updates, racaps and analysis, check Sarah Kelber's "Reality Check" blog at baltimoresun.com/realitycheck. For this week's and last night's updates, go here and here. The second one includes the "Pants on the Ground" video.

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