Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009.

"American Idol" changed its location to Hollywood, but the ratings results were the same for FOX.

Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 7.5 rating for the night, comfortably ahead of second place NBC's 3.9 rating or the 2.9 rating for CBS in third place. ABC was fourth with a 2.0 rating, doubling up the 1.0 rating for fifth place The CW.

Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 19.66 million viewers to go with an 11.2 rating/17 share. CBS was second with an 8.7/13, followed by NBC's 6.6/10. ABC was a distant fourth with a 3.5/5, with The CW's 1.4/2 trailing. 

FOX started the night off in first with a 14.8/22 for "American Idol," which drew an average audience of nearly 26.28 million. CBS was second with an 8.9/13 for an "NCIS" repeat. NBC's "Biggest Loser" and ABC's "Homeland Security USA" were third and fourth, while The CW took fifth with a 1.6/2 for "90210."

At 9 p.m. CBS moved into first with a 9.3/14 for a repeat of "The Mentalist." FOX's "Fringe" had a 7.7/12 for second and won the hour in the 18-49 demo. NBC's "Biggest Loser: Couples" was third with a 7.4/11, while two episodes of "Scrubs" averaged a 3.0/5 for ABC. The CW's "Privileged" was a distant fifth.

CBS closed on top with a 7.8/13 for "Without a Trace." NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was a close second with a 6.8/11 and won the hour in the 18-49 demo. ABC's "What Would You Do?" special was well back in 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.