Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

After a couple weeks of very slightly slipping Tuesday ratings (very very slightly), "American Idol" brought the fans back for the start of the Top 13, dominating another Tuesday.

FOX averaged a 9.2 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, will more than the combined tallies for NBC (3.7 rating), CBS (2.5 rating), ABC (1.5 rating) and The CW (0.6 rating).

Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 25.24 million viewers and a 14.5 rating/22 share. CBS was a distant second with an 8.0/13, beating the 6.2/10 for NBC. ABC's 3.0/5 was a distant fourth, still well ahead of the 1.0/2 for The CW.

In the 8 p.m. hour FOX got a 13.7/22 for the start of Michael Jackson Night on "American Idol." CBS' repeat of "NCIS" was second with an 8.4/13. NBC's "Biggest Loser: Couples" was third, topping the 3.5/5 for ABC's "Homeland Security, USA." The CW's "Reaper" held most of its premiere audience with a 1.4/2. 

FOX's "American Idol" improved to a 15.2/23 in the 9 p.m. hour, topping the 9.0/14 for a repeat of "The Mentalist" on CBS. NBC's "Biggest Loser: Couples" was up to a 6.2/9 in its second hour. Repeats of "Scrubs" on ABC and "90210" on The CW trailed.

NBC grabbed first at 10 p.m. with a 7.2/12 for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." A CBS repeat of "Without a Trace" had a 6.7/11 for second. ABC's "What Would You Do?" special trailed.

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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Dan-feinberg-med
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.