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Fox’s ‘Idol’ continues hot run

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Unstoppable reality skein “American Idol” again dominated its Tuesday timeslot, powering Fox to victory among young adults, according to preliminary Nielsen nationals.

From 8 to 9:05, “American Idol” averaged roughly an 11.0/29 in adults 18-49 and 25.9 million viewers overall, up about 13% in the demo from the same night a year ago. A 55-minute seg of new unscripted series “Forever Eden” followed with roughly a 4.7/12 in adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers overall.

Elsewhere, NBC again placed second on the strength of its final-hour perf by “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (5.5/15 in adults 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall), which disposed of drama rivals “NYPD Blue” on ABC (3.5/9 in adults 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) and “Judging Amy” on CBS (3.0/8 in adults 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall).

Comedy numbers for both ABC and NBC picked up from 8 to 10, with the Alphabet’s “8 Simple Rules” (3.0/8 in adults 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) tying CBS drama “Navy NCIS” for second in 18-49. In the 9 o’clock half-hour, NBC’s “Frasier” (3.7/9 in adults 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall) tied ABC’s “According to Jim” (3.7/9 in adults 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) in 18-49, and then it was a similar draw at 9:30 between the Peacock’s “Scrubs” (3.6/9 in adults 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) and the Alphabet’s “Less Than Perfect” (3.6/9 in adults 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall).

CBS was led by “Navy NCIS” (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 12.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 8.0/20; NBC, 3.8/10; ABC, 3.3/9; CBS, 3.0/8; UPN, 2.4/6; WB, 1.8/5.

In total viewers: Fox, 18.4 million; CBS, 12.0 million; NBC, 9.4 million; ABC, 8.7 million; UPN, 5.1 million; WB, 4.4 million.

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