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Fox leads ratings with reality hits

'Idol,' 'Kitchen' heat up Tuesday

Fox was the easy winner in key demos on Tuesday behind “American Idol” and “Hell’s Kitchen,” while ABC was stronger than usual thanks to a “Dancing With the Stars” special and potent numbers for the results-show edition of the program.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “American Idol” (8.2 rating/23 share in adults 18-49, 21.2 million viewers overall) dominated the opening hour — beating ABC, CBS, NBC and CW combined in demos — although it will come in down more than 10% vs. the same night a year ago. The net remained on top in the 9 o’clock hour with “Hell’s Kitchen” (5.2/13 in 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall), which again retained about 60% of its 18-49 “Idol” lead-in.

At ABC, a “Dancing With the Stars” special at 8 o’clock looking back at some of the best dancing exhibitions in the show’s first 100 episodes averaged a 2.4/7 in 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers overall, running third in demos but repping a big upgrade for the net in the timeslot. That was followed by season-high results for the “Dancing With the Stars Results” show (projected 4.5/11 in 18-49, 18.5 million viewers overall from 9 to 10:02 p.m.). Net’s momentum stalled there, as “Women’s Murder Club” settled for roughly a 2.0/5 in 18-49 and 8.0 million viewers overall; it was, however, up slightly vs. its first airing in the timeslot one week earlier.

CBS was solid kicking off the night with “NCIS” (second-place 2.8/8 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall) but then ran third the rest of the way with “Shark” (2.2/5 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall) and a special repeat of “CSI: Miami” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall).

NBC was paced as usual by “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (3.5/10 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall), although this repped a firstrun season low.

At CW, both “Beauty and the Geek” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) and “Reaper” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) were on par with the previous week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 6.7/18; ABC, 3.0/8; CBS, 2.3/6; NBC, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.7/5; CW, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 16.2 million; ABC, 12.4 million; CBS, 10.6 million; NBC, 6.2 million; Univision, 4.1 million; CW, 2.0 million

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