Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 25, 2010.
With "American Idol" starting its two-night finale and another solid week of "Glee," FOX had no trouble winning Tuesday night in the 18-49 demographic and in total viewers, but the two-hour "Dancing with the Stars" finale helped ABC sneak in to win the night in overall ratings.
Throw in a strong finale for NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and it's no wonder CBS' finales for "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "The Good Wife" took a beating.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 5.7 rating for the night, easily topping the 3.4 rating for NBC and ABC's 3.1 rating in the key demographic. CBS was fourth with a 2.6 rating, while The CW's 0.3 rating barely registered.
Overall, ABC averaged a 9.7 rating/16 share, beating the 8.8/14 for FOX, though FOX averaged 15.545 million viewers, compared to the 15.24 million for ABC. CBS was third with an 8.3/13, far ahead of the 5.1/8 for NBC. The CW's 0.5/1 trailed.
FOX dominated the 8 p.m. hour with "American Idol," which averaged 19.6 million viewers, an 11.0/18 overall and a 6.6 demo rating. CBS' "NCIS" finale had a 9.8/16 for a solid second, far ahead of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" repeat. The first hour of NBC's "Biggest Loser" finale had a 5.2/8 overall and finished second in the demo. The CW's "Life Unexpected" repeat had a 0.5/1 for fifth.
ABC moved into first overall at 9 p.m. with an 11.0/17 for the first hour of the "Dancing with the Stars" finale. CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" finale had an 8.3/13, but lost more than 2 million viewers from last week and finished a distant fourth in the demo. FOX's "Glee" was third overall with a 6.7/10 and won the hour in the demo with a 4.8 rating. NBC's "The Biggest Loser" finale was up to a 6.4/10 for its conclusion, doing a 4.3 rating to finish second in the demo. The CW ran a repeat of "90210."
"Dancing with the Stars" was up to an 11.9/20 in its second hour, adding a 4.2 demo rating in the 10 p.m. hour. CBS was second overall with a 7.0/12 for "The Good Wife," which fell to a 2.0 demo rating and lost nearly 1.6 million viewers from last week's episode. NBC's "Parenthood" was third overall with a 3.9/6 and second in the demo with a 2.6 rating.
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.