Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

Another slightly over-long "American Idol" performance episode aided the ratings for "Fringe" and pushed FOX to an easy Tuesday night win.

Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 6.3 rating, beating the 3.3 rating for NBC in the key demographic. CBS was third with a 2.6 rating, nipping the 2.1 rating for ABC and The CW's 1.0 rating. 

Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 17.49 million viewers in primetime to go with a 10.0 rating/15 share. CBS was second with an 8.2/13, followed by the 5.6/9 for ABC and NBC's 5.2/9. The CW was fifth with a 1.4/2.

The Songs of the Cinema theme night for "American Idol" did a 13.3/21 for FOX in the 8 p.m. hour. CBS was second with an 8.6/13 for a repeat of "NCIS." The first hour of NBC's "Biggest Loser: Couples" was third, topping two episodes of "According to Jim" on ABC. The CW's "Reaper" had a 1.3/2 for the hour.

ABC moved into first at 9 p.m. with a 9.4/14 for the "Dancing with the Stars" results show. CBS' "Mentalist" repeat was second, topping the 6.7/10 for "Fringe," which got a boost from "American Idol," which ran four minutes into the hour. NBC's "Biggest Loser: Couples" was fourth with a 6.1/9. The CW's "90210" had a 1.4/2.

"Without a Trace" did an 8.4/14 for CBS in the 10 p.m. hour. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was second, nipping the 4.4/7 for ABC's "Cupid."

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, specially when "American Idol" can't come in on time.


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.