Another huge ‘Idol’ for Fox

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox has dominated another Tuesday by turning its entire night over to “American Idol,” which led every half-hour in all key ratings categories, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

From 8 to 10, “American Idol” (11.3/29 in adults 18-49, 26.6 million viewers overall) racked up similar scores to last week’s two-hour seg, topping the other five nets combined in 18-49 and other demos. It took a bite out of the finale of UPN’s “America’s Next Top Model” (2.8/7 in adults 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), which performed well in the 9 o’clock hour but likely would have scored much better if not for “Idol.”

Elsewhere on a night light on firstrun programs on the other nets, a repeat of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” ruled at 10 (4.2/11 in adults 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall) over an original “NYPD Blue” on ABC (3.5/10 in adults 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) and a special “48 Hours” on CBS (2.8/8 in adults 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall).

In its second week, CBS legal drama “Century City” (1.9/5 in adults 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) again fared poorly at 9, coming out of a repeat of “Navy NCIS” (2.5/7 in adults 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 11.3/29; ABC, 2.7/7, tied with NBC, 2.7/7; CBS, 2.4/6; UPN, 1.9/5; WB, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 26.6 million; CBS, 9.0 million; NBC, 7.7 million; ABC, 7.4 million; UPN, 4.3 million; WB, 2.1 million.

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