jacob lusk american idol top 12 TV ratings: 'American Idol' guys carry FOX Tuesday, Sheen interview scores for ABCFast National ratings for Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The first live-audience performances on “American Idol” carried FOX to a ratings win Tuesday night. “Raising Hope” shed more than half of its lead-in audience, but the show still got its best numbers of the season. ABC, meanwhile, got a boost from its “20/20”-Charlie Sheen interview at 10 o’clock.

FOX averaged 18.1 million viewers and a 10.1 rating/16 share in households for the night, beating out the 15.4 million viewers and 9.5/15 for CBS. There was a steep drop from second to third place, which NBC claimed with 6.4 million viewers and a 3.9/6. ABC (6.2 million, 3.8/6) was close behind in fourth, while The CW (1.55 million, 1.0/2) trailed.

FOX dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 6.5 rating, more than doubling the 3.1 for No. 2 CBS. NBC took third in the demo with a 2.3, followed by ABC, 2.1, and The CW, 0.7.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: “American Idol” (20.6 million viewers, 11.4/18 households)
CBS: “NCIS” (19.2 million, 11.7/18)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” (6.2 million, 3.8/6)
ABC: “No Ordinary Family” (4.3 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: “One Tree Hill” (1.6 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (7.3)

9 p.m.

FOX: “American Idol” (22.5 million, 12.3/19)/”Raising Hope” (8.8 million, 5.2/8)
CBS: “NCIS: Los Angeles” (15.6 million, 9.5/15)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” (7.8 million, 4.8/7)
ABC: “V” (5 million, 2.9/5)
The CW: “Hellcats” (1.5 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (8.0)

10 p.m.

CBS: “The Good Wife” (11.3 million, 7.4/13)
ABC: “20/20” special – “Charlie Sheen: In His Own Words” (9.3 million, 5.8/10)
NBC: “Parenthood” (5 million, 3.2/6)

18-49 leader: “20/20” (3.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Rick Porter