January 25, 2012 9:03am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Young Viewers Choose NBC's State of the Union, 'Idol' Encore Tops Tuesday
President Obama's third State of the Union address took center stage on Tuesday night, with the big four networks all broadcasting the event at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Final numbers will likely show adjustments, but metered markets give the coverage crown to NBC. The network averaged a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 in the initial hour of the speech, topping Fox, which saw a significant lead from an American Idol encore -- the night's highest scoring program.
The repeat of Sunday's San Diego auditions did drive Fox to an overall win. The network grabbed a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 for the night, with 7.4 million viewers.
NBC, the only of the big four to air an original episode (The Biggest Loser) as a presidential lead-in, averaged a 1.9 rating for the night, with 6.5 million viewers. The Biggest Loser brought in a 2.1 in the demo, down two tenths from last week's two-hour episode.
An encore of NCIS led into CBS' coverage of the State of the Union, which it concluded with a repeat of the Big Bang Theory. The net averaged a 1.6 in adults 18-49 and the night's highest audience, 8.4 million.
ABC had a block of Last Man Standing repeats before the address, followed by a Modern Family rerun, giving it a 1.4 in the demo and 5.4 million viewers.
Those less politically inclined gave the CW small boosts. 90210 and Remodeled were both new and both rose a tenth of a point for a 0.7 and 0.4 rating, respectively. The CW averaged 0.5 in adults 18-49 for the night.
More to come.