Fast National ratings for Tuesday, January 26, 2009.

While "American Idol" held true to Tuesday form, a new "Human Target" squandered enough of its lead-in that CBS very nearly managed to win the night overall, an impressive achievement which certainly would have happened if the network had only had a new episode of "The Good Wife."

Among adults 18-49, FOX won the night with a 6.2 rating, beating the 3.3 rating for CBS and the 3.2 rating for NBC in the key demographic. ABC's 1.3 rating and the 0.4 rating for The CW trailed.

Overall, CBS averaged a 9.9 rating/16 share, topping the 9.6/15 for FOX, though FOX averaged 16.89 million viewers and CBS only averaged 15.88 million. NBC was well back in third with a 5.2/8. That left ABC's 2.2/3 and the 0.7/1 for The CW trailing.

FOX got a 13.5/21 from "American Idol" to win the 8 p.m. hour, averaging 24.19 million viewers and a 8.9 demo rating. A new "NCIS" barely blinked, finishing a strong second with a 12.2/19 and 20.15 million viewers. NBC's "The Biggest Loser" averaged a 5.0/8 for third. On ABC, a new "Scrubs" (2.2/3) and "Better Off Ted" (1.7/3) were fourth, beating The CW's "90210" repeat.

CBS moved into first at 9 p.m. with a 10.5/16 for "NCIS: Los Angeles." NBC's "The Biggest Loser" had a 6.7/10 for second overall and won the hour in the key demo with a 4.4 rating. FOX's special night of "Human Target" had a 5.6/9 for third, falling as low as a 4.8/7 in its second half-hour. FOX can't be pleased. ABC aired last year's "Lost" finale and got a 2.2/3 for its first hour, better than The CW's "Melrose Place" repeat.

A repeat of "The Good Wife" did a 6.9/12 for CBS in the 10 p.m. hour, also winning with a 2.1 demo rating. NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" had a 4.0/7 for second. ABC's "Lost" repeat was third.

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

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.