ncis borderland 320 TV ratings: 'American Idol' improves, but CBS wins TuesdayFast National ratings for Tuesday, May 11, 2010

“American Idol” halted its ratings slide Tuesday, improving by more than a million viewers over last week’s season low. TV viewing was up elsewhere as well — enough that CBS managed to take the total-viewer crown from FOX.

CBS drew 15.26 million viewers and a 9.4 rating/15 share in households, narrowly beating FOX’s 15.19 million and 8.7/13. ABC (9.5 million, 6.0/10) and NBC (7.6 million, 4.7/7) were also up a little from last week. The CW was way back with just 1.15 million viewers and a 0.7/1.

FOX kept a stranglehold on the adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.7 rating. CBS scored a 3.2 in the demo to finish just ahead of NBC, 3.1, and ABC, 3.0. The CW could manage only a 0.5.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: “American Idol” (18.7 million viewers, 10.5/16 households)
CBS: “NCIS” (16.9 million, 10.3/16)
ABC: “Dancing With the Stars” results (12.4 million, 8.0/13)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” (7.5 million, 4.5/7)
The CW: “90210” (1.5 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (6.7)

9 p.m.

CBS: “NCIS: Los Angeles” (15.9 million, 9.7/15)
FOX: “Glee” (11.7 million, 6.8/11)
ABC: “Lost” (10.25 million, 6.3/10)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” (9.3 million, 5.7/9)
The CW: “Life Unexpected” rerun (805,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: “Glee” (4.8)

10 p.m.

CBS: “The Good Wife” (12.9 million, 8.3/14)
ABC: “V” (6 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: “Parenthood” (5.9 million, 3.9/7)

18-49 leader: “Parenthood” (2.6)

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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Photo credit: CBS

Posted by:Rick Porter