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Fox hits high note with ‘Idol,’ ‘Glee’

'NCIS' franchise boosts CBS, but 'Wife' drops off

Fox dominated the final Tuesday of April in key demos behind the one-two punch of “American Idol” and “Glee,” which were far and away the top draws among young adults.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “American Idol” (6.6 rating/19 share in adults 18-49, 18.8 million viewers overall) cruised in all categories at 8 o’clock, though it was down a bit week to week. “Glee” matched its week-ago delivery at 9 (5.3/14 in 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall), impressive considering that last week was its much buzzed-about Madonna episode.

Elsewhere, CBS ran second in 18-49 and total viewers on the night, getting strong outings from “NCIS” (3.4/10 in 18-49, 15.9 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 15.5 million viewers overall). The net fell off at 10, though, as “The Good Wife” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) has cooled opposite tougher competition; still, it led its hour by 2 shares in adults 25-54 (3.4/9) and dominated in total viewers..

NBC’s two-hour “Biggest Loser” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) was on the low side but rose to second place in 18-49 during its final half-hour. Closing out the night, “Parenthood” also was lower than recent weeks (2.4/7 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall), but won its hour in adults 18-49 opposite regular competition for the fifth time in its last six tries.

At ABC, the “Dancing With the Stars” results show (2.3/7 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall) ran third in most categories at 8 o’clock, and the net then dropped from there with a repeat of “Lost” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) heading into the show’s final five hours beginning next week. It was followed by “V” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), which was lower without a stronger lead-in — but perhaps not as much as might have been expected; it led its broadcast rivals in men 18-49.

CW was again a non-factor with an original “90210” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) and a special repeat of “Life Unexpected” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 5.9/16; CBS, 2.9/8; NBC, 2.7/7; ABC, 2.0/5; Univision, 1.7/5.

In total viewers: Fox, 15.7 million; CBS, 14.5 million; ABC, 7.6 million; NBC, 6.9 million; Univision, 4.0 million; CW, 1.3 million.

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