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‘Idol,’ ’24’ pace Fox victory

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Score another Tuesday for Fox, as “American Idol” and “24” both led their hours in key demos, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen. Ratings for all shows, meanwhile, continue to be muted by the start of daylight saving time.

From 8 to 9, “American Idol” dominated with a 9.7/29 in adults 18-49 and 22.9 million viewers overall – four times the demo score of second-place CBS drama “Navy NCIS” (2.4/7, 10.5 million viewers overall). “24” followed at 9 and looked a little stronger this week (4.9/13 in adults 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall), easily leading its slot in 18-49 and retaining more of its “Idol” lead-in.

NBC rallied for a second-place finish on the night in 18-49 on the strength of a victory at 10 for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (4.9/13 in adults 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall), which topped its firstrun drama competish from ABC’s “NYPD Blue” (3.3/9 in adults 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) and CBS’ “Judging Amy” (2.6/7 in adults 18-49, 10.4 million viewers).

Elsewhere, ABC’s “According to Jim” (3.6/10 in adults 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) and NBC’s “Frasier” (3.6/10 in adults 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) tied for second place in 18-49 in the 9 o’clock half-hour, while the Peacock’s “Scrubs” (3.4/9 in adults 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) got the better of the Alphabet’s “It’s All Relative” (2.8/7 in adults 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) at 9:30.

CBS welcomed the return of 9 o’clock drama “The Guardian” (2.3/6 in adults 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall), which retained 96% of its demo lead-in from “Navy NCIS” and placed second for its hour in total viewers.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 7.3/20; NBC, 3.4/9; ABC, 2.8/8; CBS, 2.3/6; WB, 1.5/4; UPN, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 16.9 million; CBS, 10.2 million; NBC, 9.1 million; ABC, 7.5 million; WB, 2.8 million; UPN, 2.3 million.

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