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Four hours of “American Idol” helped Fox edge past ABC for the week’s lead in demos, though the Oscars helped the Alphabet score a rare victory in total viewers.

Sunday’s telecast of the Academy Awards edged up in the nationals to 37.92 million viewers, according to Nielsen estimates, putting it down 9% from last year. It also finished with an 11.8/30 in adults 18-49 (down 11% from last year) while holding up better among both adults 18-34 (10.7/30, down 4%) and teens 12-17 (7.0/22, up 8% for a six-year high).

In the broad categories of 18-49 and total viewers, the kudocast becomes the season’s No. 1 entertainment telecast — behind only NFL games.

Overall for the week of Feb. 21-27, Fox led in adults 18-49 with a 3.6 rating/10 share, followed by ABC (3.3/9), CBS (2.3/7). NBC (1.5/4), Univision (1.4/4) and CW and USA (both 0.9/2). Fox also led in adults 25-54 (4.2/11 to 3.9/10 for ABC) while the Alphabet led in total viewers (10.7 million), edging past CBS and Fox.

Fox’s winning week was paced as usual by “American Idol,” with its two-hour segs dominating Wednesday (7.9/21 in 18-49, 22.72m) and Thursday (7.2/20, 21.76m). The net’s two-hour average with “Idol” on Thursday was the highest on the night for any net in 18-49 since February 2008 and in total viewers since March 2007.

Also for Fox, “The Chicago Code” continues to hang in there on Monday (2.1/5 in 18-49, 7.87m), airing behind “House” (3.5/9, 10.41m). And Tuesday following “Glee” (4.4/12, 10.58m), rookie laffers “Raising Hope” (2.4/7, 6.00m) and “Traffic Light” (1.6/4, 3.99m) rebounded some from their lows of the previous week.

ABC’s strong showing for the week, also bolstered by “Modern Family” (4.1/11 in 18-49, 10.17m), “The Bachelor” (3.4/9, 10.41m) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.4/9, 9.13m), allowed it to tie NBC for third place for the season in 18-49.

Among the net’s newer shows, the third week of “Mr. Sunshine” (2.2/6, 6.12m) fell off sharply behind “Modern Family,” and the night’s 10 p.m. drama “Off the Map” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.84m) was up week to week but continues to produce modest numbers. Tuesday rookie “No Ordinary Family” (1.4/4, 4.77m) is similarly struggling (opposite tough competish in the leadoff hour), while sophomore “V” (1.9/5, 5.14m) is holding steady at a borderline OK number.

At CBS, Tuesday was a good night for the “NCIS” franchise as the original (4.4/13 in 18-49, 21.32m) tied Fox’s “Glee” as the week’s No. 1 scripted series in 18-49 while ruling as the outright scripted leader in adults 25-54 and total viewers. And spinoff “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.9/11, 18.69m) led its hour, drawing the show’s best scores since its first few weeks in the fall of 2009.

Also ranking in the top 20 among 18-49 were comedies “The Big Bang Theory” (3.8/11, 12.35m), “How I Met Your Mother” (3.5/10, 9.33m) and “Mike and Molly” (3.2/8, 11.20m) and drama “Criminal Minds” (3.2/8, 13.15m), while “CSI: NY” was Friday’s top show in 18-49 (1.8/6, 10.89m). Not looking as strong in its second outing was “Criminal Minds” spinoff “Suspect Behavior” (2.4/7, 9.81m), which declined 27% from its premiere and lost a chunk of its “Minds” lead-in.

Monday comedy “Mad Love” (2.8/7, 7.99m) is doing OK behind “How I Met Your Mother” (3.5/10, 7.99m).

NBC’s lone representative in the top 20 was Thursday laffer “The Office” (3.2/9, 6.12m), but other highlights included “Parks and Recreation” on the rise Thursday (2.4/6, 4.59m) behind “The Office”; “Law and Order: SVU” (2.5/7, 8.02m) edging ahead of “Suspect Behavior” in 18-49; and “Parenthood” (2.1/6, 5.53m) the 18-49 leader in its hour on Tuesday.

Dragging it down, though, were the likes of “The Cape” (1.2/3, 4.15m) and “Minute to Win It” (1.0/3, 3.62m).

At CW, the spring edition of “America’s Next Top Model” opened on the low side (1.1/3, 2.25m) opposite tough Wednesday reality competish, and weight-loss show “Shedding for the Wedding” struggled in its debut (0.5/1, 1.07m).

USA led among the cable nets as “WWE Raw” was above average (2.2/6, 5.82m). Syfy also scored with wrestling Friday as “WWE Friday Night Smackdown” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.55m), which joined the cabler in October, drew its largest aud since January 2010.

ESPN, meanwhile, fared well Sunday opposite the Oscars with its Chicago-Miami NBA game (1.9/5, 4.21m).

On the series side, MTV’s “Jersey Shore” (4.0/11 in 18-49, 7.73) continued strong, winning its Thursday hour in demos over all firstrun competition on the Big Three; and the net’s “Teen Mom” (2.2/6, 4.01m) was on the high side in winning its Tuesday 10 p.m. slot in 18-49 and 18-34 (3.5/10), holding off tough competish from Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0” (2.0/5, 3.36m).Among scripted shows, BET’s “The Game” was the top draw in 18-49 (1.9/5, 3.69m). Also continuing to perform pretty well is ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.90m), delivering a strong 3.7/10 in its target femmes 12-34 demo on Monday.its two-hour segs dominating Wed-nesday (7.9/21 in 18-49, 22.72m) and Thursday (7.2/20, 21.76m). The net’s two-hour average with “Idol” on Thursday was the highest on the night for any net in 18-49 since February 2008 and in total viewers since March 2007.

Also for Fox, “The Chicago Code” continues to hang in there on Monday (2.1/5 in 18-49, 7.87m), airing behind “House” (3.5/9, 10.41m). And Tuesday following “Glee” (4.4/12, 10.58m), rookie laffers “Raising Hope” (2.4/7, 6.00m) and “Traffic Light” (1.6/4, 3.99m) rebounded some from their lows of the previous week.

ABC’s strong showing for the week, also bolstered by “Modern Family” (4.1/11 in 18-49, 10.17m), “The Bachelor” (3.4/9, 10.41m) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.4/9, 9.13m), allowed it to tie NBC for third place for the season in 18-49.

Among the net’s newer shows, the third week of “Mr. Sunshine” (2.2/6, 6.12m) fell off sharply behind “Modern Family,” and the night’s 10 p.m. drama “Off the Map” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.84m) was up week to week but continues to produce modest numbers. Tuesday rookie “No Ordinary Family” (1.4/4, 4.77m) is similarly struggling (opposite tough competish), while sophomore “V” (1.9/5, 5.14m) is holding steady at a borderline OK number.

At CBS, Tuesday was a good night for the “NCIS” franchise as the original (4.4/13 in 18-49, 21.32m) tied Fox’s “Glee” as the week’s No. 1 scripted series in 18-49 while ruling as the outright scripted leader in adults 25-54 and total viewers. And spinoff “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.9/11, 18.69m) led its hour.

Also ranking in the top 20 among 18-49 were comedies “The Big Bang Theory” (3.8/11, 12.35m), “How I Met Your Mother” (3.5/10, 9.33m) and “Mike and Molly” (3.2/8, 11.20m) and drama “Criminal Minds” (3.2/8, 13.15m), while “CSI: NY” was Friday’s top show in 18-49 (1.8/6, 10.89m). Not looking as strong in its second outing was “Criminal Minds” spinoff “Suspect Behavior” (2.4/7, 9.81m), which declined 27% from its premiere and lost a chunk of its “Minds” lead-in.

On Monday, “Mad Love” (2.8/7, 7.99m) is doing OK behind “How I Met Your Mother” (3.5/10, 7.99m).

NBC’s lone representative in the top 20 was Thursday laffer “The Office” (3.2/9, 6.12m), but other highlights included “Parks and Recreation” on the rise Thursday (2.4/6, 4.59m) behind “The Office”; “Law and Order: SVU” (2.5/7, 8.02m) edging ahead of “Suspect Behavior” in 18-49; and “Parenthood” (2.1/6, 5.53m) the 18-49 leader in its hour on Tuesday.

Dragging it down, though, were “The Cape” (1.2/3, 4.15m) and “Minute to Win It” (1.0/3, 3.62m).

At CW, the spring edition of “America’s Next Top Model” opened on the low side (1.1/3, 2.25m) opposite tough Wednesday reality competish, and weight-loss show “Shedding for the Wedding” struggled in its debut (0.5/1, 1.07m).

USA led among the cable nets as “WWE Raw” was above average (2.2/6, 5.82m). Syfy also scored with wrestling Friday as “WWE Friday Night Smackdown” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.55m), which joined the cabler in October, drew its largest aud since January 2010.

ESPN, meanwhile, fared well Sunday opposite the Oscars with its Chicago-Miami NBA game (1.9/5, 4.21m).

On the series side, MTV’s “Jersey
Shore” (4.0/11 in 18-49, 7.73) won its Thursday hour in demos over all firstrun competition on the Big Three; “Teen Mom” (2.2/6, 4.01m) was on the high side in winning its Tuesday 10 p.m. slot in 18-49 and 18-34 (3.5/10), holding off Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0” (2.0/5, 3.36m).BET’s “The Game” was the top draw in 18-49 (1.9/5, 3.69m). ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.90m), delivered a strong 3.7/10 in its target femmes 12-34 demo on Monday.