Cher powers Peacock, but Fox finishes first

'Idol' overwhelms ABC-CBS-NBC demo totals from 8 to 9

HOLLYWOOD — Fox rolled to another Tuesday victory behind “American Idol,” but NBC rocked with its two-hour Cher concert, which delivered the best numbers for a music special this season.

Not feeling the effects of daylight-saving time, “American Idol” (9.7/27 in adults 18-49, 20.13 million viewers overall) was on par with its week-earlier scores and beat the combined ABC-CBS-NBC demo totals from 8 to 9. Drama “24” (6.0/14 in A18-49, 11.75m) led at 9 in the demo but fell behind “Cher” at 9:30.

From 9 to 11, “Cher: The Farewell Tour” (5.9/15 in A18-49, 16.57m) gave NBC its best 18-49 score in the time period since mid-November. And in overall audience, it’s NBC’s largest turnout since October 2000.

The 5.9/15 in 18-49 surpasses the 4.2/12 for last November’s Faith Hill spec on NBC and last month’s Celine Dion event on CBS (4.1/10).

“Cher” did best among women 25-54 (9.5/20).

‘Home’ holds ‘Jim’s’ aud

Elsewhere, new ABC laffer “Lost at Home” (3.5/8 in A18-49, 7.84m) again looked solid, retaining 100% of its 18-49 lead-in from “According to Jim” (3.5/9, 8.61m) and building by 6% on “Jim” in 18-34 (3.5/9 vs. 3.3/9).

At 10, the return of “NYPD Blue” (4.4/11 in A18-49, 10.88m) left ABC a solid second to Cher, whose perf in the hour (6.0/15 in A18-49) is the best for any network (excluding sports) since the conclusion of CBS mini “Living With the Dead” last April.

For the night, Fox’s 7.8/20 in adults 18-49 towered over NBC (4.7/12), ABC (3.6/9) and CBS (1.9/5).

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