NBC on the rise with 'Biggest Loser'

Fox scored another primetime ratings victory on Tuesday behind “American Idol” and “Fringe,” while NBC was on the rise with its “Biggest Loser.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, Fox’s “American Idol” dominated Tuesday’s opening hour with a projected 8.4 rating/23 share in adults 18-49 and 24.1 million viewers overall from 8 to 9:04 p.m., up slightly from the previous week. Roughly on par with its return episode of last week, drama “Fringe” followed with a projected 4.1/10 in 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers overall from 9:04 to 10:03 p.m., placing second in demos during its 9:30 half-hour.

At NBC, “The Biggest Loser” (3.7/10 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall) jumped 16% week to week for the show’s best regular-slot scores in five weeks. The weight-loss series grew with each half-hour, winning the 9:30 half-hour in 18-49 with a 4.5 rating/11 share. Closing out the night for the network, a repeat of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” placed second (2.4/6 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall).

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 13.4 million viewers overall) and “The Mentalist” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) before picking up at 10 p.m. with an original “Without a Trace” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 13.2 million viewers overall), which easily led in all categories.

ABC was again buoyed by “Dancing With the Stars,” as the results show averaged a 3.4/8 in 18-49 and 14.8 million viewers overall despite very little support elsewhere on the net’s sked. From 8 to 9, original episodes of “According to Jim” managed a mere 1.2/3 in 18-49 and 4.5 million viewers overall, and a firstrun episode of “Cupid” put up roughly a 1.7/4 in 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers overall during the 10 o’clock hour.

At CW, “Reaper” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) was in line with its recent performances at 8 o’clock, and “90210″ (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall) — featuring the return of original cast member Tori Spelling — was up vs. recent weeks in key demos. In adults 18-34, the show’s 1.8/5 topped its last four original episodes.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 6.3/16; NBC, 3.3/9; CBS, 2.6/7; ABC, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.7/5; CW, 1.0/3.

In total viewers: Fox, 17.5 million; CBS, 12.9 million; ABC, 8.6 million; NBC, 8.2 million; Univision, 4.4 million; CW, 2.1 million.

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