'Lost' continues to climb as it nears finale

The combo of “American Idol” and “Glee” delivered another dominant demo victory on Tuesday, easily winning in all under-55 categories. ABC’s “Lost” edged upward again as it nears its finale, but the net’s “V” showed little spark in wrapping its first season.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, the “American Idol” performance show averaged a 6.6 rating/18 share in adults 18-49 and 18.3 million viewers overall, in line with the previous week and beating the combined 18-49 delivery of the hour’s next two closest networks (CBS and NBC). It was followed by “Glee” (4.8/12 in 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall), which continues to stay at a high level and won the 9 o’clock hour in all key demo categories.

ABC was roughly in line with its delivery of the previous week, opening with the “Dancing With the Stars” results show (2.5/7 in 18-49, 13.1 million viewers overall) and peaking at 9 p.m. with the penultimate episode of “Lost” (projected 4.2/10 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall from 9 to 10:02 p.m.), with the island adventure drama picking up a tick in 18-49 for its best number since early March. But “V” (projected 2.2/6 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) failed to see any growth in wrapping up its season, placing third among the broadcasters at 10.

At NBC, “The Biggest Loser” was down week to week (3.1/8 in 18-49, 15.2 million viewers overall) but continues to provide the network with solid numbers against some of primetime’s top-rated programs. And “Parenthood” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) held steady week to week, winning its hour by 1 share over fellow rookie “The Good Wife” on CBS in 18-49.

For the Eye net, which finished second on the night in adults 25-54, “NCIS” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 15.6 million viewers overall) dropped off after last week’s unusually high delivery, placing second to “Idol” in key categories. “NCIS: Los Angeles” then held on to nearly all of its lead-in at 9 o’clock (3.1/8 in 18-49, 15.2 million viewers overall), placing fourth in 18-49 and third in 25-54 but winning its hour easily in total viewers. And at 10, “The Good Wife” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall) dipped slightly week to week, winning its hour by 1 share in adults 25-54 over “Parenthood” while prevailing easily in total viewers.

CW saw a slight uptick for the season finale of “90210” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) but the show is not much of a ratings factor at this point.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 5.7/15; ABC, 3.0/8; NBC, 3.0/8; CBS, 2.9/8; Univision, 1.7/4; CW, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 14.9 million; CBS, 14.3 million; ABC, 9.8 million; NBC, 7.6 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 1.3 million.

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