If it’s Tuesday, it’s Fox

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Fox’s domination of Tuesday continued with more boffo numbers from “American Idol” and another easy victory for drama “House,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

From 8 to 9, “American Idol” (11.5 rating/31 share in adults 18-49, 27.5 million viewers overall) showed no signs of slowing down, again beating the other five broadcast nets combined and performing slightly better than the same night a year ago. Fox also dominated at 9 with “House” (6.8/17 in adults 18-49, 17.3 million viewers overall), which matched its series high in 18-49.

CBS ran second on the night with silver-medal finishes at 8 with “NCIS” (3.2/8 in adults 18-49, 14.8 million viewers overall) and at 9 with “The Amazing Race 7” (4.6/11 in adults 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall) but fell to third in demos at 10 with “Judging Amy” (2.6/7 in adults 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall).

ABC placed third in the 9 o’clock hour with original episodes of “According to Jim” (3.7/9 in adults 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) and “Rodney” (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall). At 10, new drama “Blind Justice” (3.5/10 in adults 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) held steady in its third week, 1 share behind a repeat of NBC’s slot-leading “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (3.9/11 in adults 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall).

In programming news, meanwhile, Fox announced Wednesday that due to an error with the graphics shown on-screen (incorrect voting numbers were displayed) during the performance recap at the end of Tuesday’s “American Idol,” a live, one-hour show will air tonight from 9 to 10. This new show will combine new live elements with encores of Tuesday’s performances from the remaining 11 contestants. As a result, the 30-minute results show that usually airs Wednesday at 9 will shift to Thursday at 9, followed by the premiere of comedy “Life on a Stick.”

Preliminary adults 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 9.2/24; CBS, 3.5/9; ABC, 3.1/8; NBC, 2.7/7; WB, 1/2; UPN, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 22.4 million; CBS, 12.3 million; ABC, 8.3 million; NBC, 6.7 million; WB, 2.3 million; UPN, 2 million.

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