'Idol' tops, 'Jericho' down

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Fox's "American Idol" readily dominated broadcast competitors Tuesday night, showing both gains and losses compared with last week's performances. But the second-week airings of CBS' "Big Brother" and "Jericho" suffered sharp ratings declines.

The two-hour edition of "Idol" scored an 11.2 rating/27 share among adults 18-49, down 9% from last week yet up 14% from its Wednesday showing, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. Overall, Fox won the night in the demo and among total viewers (28.8 million), beating the other broadcast networks combined by 14%.

NBC's two-hour "The Biggest Loser" (3.3/8) held up best against Fox's fire. NBC said the "Loser" rating was the network's highest non-Olympics program ever against a regular two-hour "Idol" telecast. At 10 p.m., a repeat of NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (3.3/9) won the hour.

CBS came in third, with a pair of original programs that premiered last week enduring dramatic ratings drops. Following a repeat of "NCIS" (2.1/5), "Big Brother" (1.9/4) fell 24% and "Jericho" (2.0/5) was down 23%.

ABC's lineup wound up fourth, with a pair of "Just for Laughs" (an original that earned a 1.2/3 and a repeat that scored a 1.3/3) followed by originals of "According to Jim" (1.6/4), "Carpoolers" (1.4/3) and "Boston Legal" (1.9/5).

The CW aired a repeat of "Reaper" (0.8/2) and an original "One Tree Hill" (1.3/3).

For the night, Fox led the network averages (28.8 million viewers/11.2 rating), followed by NBC (8.5 million, 3.3), CBS (7.4 million, 2.0), ABC (5.5 million, 1.5) and the CW (2.3 million, 1.0).

On cable, the winter finale of FX's "Nip/Tuck" delivered a 1.9 household overnight rating, up 19% from its previous airing.
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