NBC wins with 'Loser,' 'L&O'

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NBC dominated Tuesday night with "The Biggest Loser" and "Law & Order: SVU."

"Loser" (4.3 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall) and "SVU" (5.1/14, 15.2 million) combined to give NBC the highest Tuesday 18-49 tally with non-Olympics programming in more than two years, according to preliminary Nielsen data.

Elsewhere, CBS' strike-impacted, pretaped "People's Choice Awards" hit an all-time low with a 1.6 /4 in the demo, down 54% from last year's live ceremony broadcast, and 6 million viewers overall.

Teen fave "One Tree Hill" returned to the schedule with a strong two-hour season premiere, delivering CW's best Tuesday ratings for the season in total viewers (3.5 million), adults 18-34 (2.1/6) and key female demos.

ABC barely registered with originals "Just for Laughs," "According to Jim," "Carpoolers" and live coverage of the New Hampshire primaries as well as an encore "Cashmere Mafia." The network finished last, behind CW, in the 18-49 demo.

MyNetworkTV premiered "Street Patrol" (1.7 million) at 8 p.m., followed by an episode of "Jail" (1.7 million) at 9 p.m. The two combined gave the network its most-watched nightly average for MyNet series since its Sept. 5, 2006 debut (a 12% increase).

In cable ratings, HBO's "The Wire" drew 1.2 million total viewers to its fifth and final season premiere at 9 p.m. Sunday. That's off slightly from the Season 4 premiere, which averaged 1.5 million viewers in September 2006.
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