'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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