Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Despite a confusing theme -- Popular iTunes Downloads, whatever that means -- "American Idol" was predictably dominant on Tuesday night. The return of "The Osbournes"? Not-so-dominant.

Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 7.5 rating on Tuesday night. NBC was a distant second with a 3.5 rating, followed closely by CBS' 3.3 rating. ABC was fourth with a 2.0 rating, having no trouble beating the 1.0 rating for The CW.

Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 19.93 million viewers to go with an 11.3/17. CBS' 9.8/15 was a respectable second. NBC's 5.6/9 was good enough for third, while ABC's 5.2/8 took fourth. The CW was fifth with a 1.4/2.

In the 8 p.m. hour, FOX's "American Idol" did a 13.4/21, topping the 10.6/16 for CBS' "NCIS." NBC's "Biggest Loser: Couples" doubled up ABC's "Better Off Ted" repeats. The CW's "Reaper" had a 1.5/2 for fifth.

CBS moved into first place at 10 p.m. with the 10.5/16 for "The Mentalist." FOX fell to second because while 25-ish minutes of "American Idol" and the start of "Osbournes: Reloaded" did a 13.1/19, a full half-hour of "Osbournes: Reloaded" did only a 5.5/8. ABC was third with an 8.3/13 for the week's "Dancing with the Stars" results. NBC's "Biggest Loser: Couples" had a 5.8/9, but finished second for the hour in the 18-49 demo. The return of "90210" on The CW actually lost a few viewers from its "Reaper" lead-in.

"Without a Trace" had an 8.3/14 to win the 10 p.m. hour for CBS. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" finished second overall, but won the hour in the 18-49 demo. The season premiere of "Cupid" on ABC had a 5.0/8 to finish third, also finishing third in the key demo and losing more than two million viewers from half-hour to half-hour.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.



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A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.