Fox rocks on Tuesday

'Idol,' 'Kitchen' turn up heat

“American Idol” and “Hell’s Kitchen” stood as the top-rated programs among young adults Tuesday, lifting Fox to an easy victory.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “American Idol” (8.6 rating/24 share in adults 18-49, 24.0 million viewers overall) was up vs. the previous week and again beat the combined demo deliveries of ABC, CBS, NBC and CW in the 8 o’clock hour. It was followed by “Hell’s Kitchen” (5.5/14 in 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall), which won its timeslot in demos and could hit series highs if the numbers hold up in the nationals.

ABC and CBS were in a tight battle for second on the night among young adults, with the Alphabet paced by the “Dancing With the Stars Results” show (projected 4.1/10 in 18-49, 17.0 million viewers overall from 9 to 10:02 p.m.), which built sharply on its lead-in from “According to Jim” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall). The Eye was solid as always kicking off the night with “NCIS” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 14.7 million viewers overall) but lost ground at 9 with “Shark” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall).

NBC was quiet with repeats earlier in the evening, but it led the 10 o’clock hour with “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (3.8/10 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall). The vet crime drama vanquished CBS’ special repeat of “Criminal Minds” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) and ABC’s firstrun “Women’s Murder Club” (projected 2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall from 10:02 to 11 p.m.)

At CW, “Beauty and the Geek” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) failed to see any growth as it wrapped its season.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 7.1/19; ABC, 2.5/7; CBS, 2.4/6; NBC, 2.3/6; Univision, 2.0/5; CW, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 18.2 million; CBS, 11.1 million; ABC, 9.8 million; NBC, 7.2 million; Univision, 4.4 million; CW, 1.8 million.

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