NBC's 'Loser' continues to hold strong

Fox won the Tuesday night 18-49 ratings race behind a solid one-two punch of “American Idol” and “Fringe.” “Idol” (7.9/22, 22.5 million viewers overall) lost a little more than a million viewers from a week ago but was still dominant while “Fringe” (4.2/10, 10.6m) saw a slight uptick in the demo and total viewers.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, NBC came in second as the two-hour “The Biggest Loser” (3.6/10, 9.4m) continues to gain momentum first its first half-hour (2.9/9, 7.9m) to its last (4.4/11, 10.8m). That, along with “Law & Order: SVU (3.9/11, 10.5m), gave the Peacock an edge over CBS, ABC and the CW.

At 8 p.m., CBS introduced Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J on “NCIS,” both of whom will be part of the new cast for the spinoff in the fall. Skein earned a 3.4/10, 16.3m, down slightly from season averages (3.8/10, 17.9m).

Seasonlong Tuesday night performance edition of “Idol” is down 13% in 18-49 and 10% in total viewers, but those are still good enough to soundly defeat all comers.

Two editions of “According to Jim” (1.0/3, 3.5m) on ABC and CW’s “Reaper” (0.7/2, 1.8m) rounded out the hour.

While “Fringe” and the second hour of “Biggest Loser” tied in the demo at 9 p.m., “The Mentalist” (3.7/9, 16.9m) drew 6 million more overall viewers than either and was the second-most watched show of the evening. Results edition of “Dancing With the Stars” (3.2/8, 14.2) in which Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough were eliminated, was also viewed by more than who watched “Fringe” and “Biggest Loser.”

With ABC’s “Cupid” (1.7/5, 6.1m) soundly defeated at 10 p.m. by “Law & Order: SVU and “Without a Trace” (2.5/7, 12.3m), the Alphabet might consider taking the new drama off the air for the remainder of May sweeps and determine if there’s something it can put in that slot that might gain more traction

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 6.0/16; NBC, 3.7/10; CBS, 3.2/8; ABC, 2.0/5; Univision, 1.7/5; CW, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 16.5 million; CBS, 15.1 million; NBC, 9.7 million; ABC, 7.9 million; Univision, 4.0 million; CW, 1.8 million.

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