It's the same old song and dance

'Idol' stomps 'Dancing,' though ABC shows spunk

In a clash of reality titans, Fox's "American Idol" battled with the second night of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" season premiere Tuesday.

The two-hour "Idol" (26.8 million viewers, 10.3 rating/25 share in adults 18-49) predictably came out on top, besting "Dancing" by 200% in the 9 p.m. hour. But Fox's singing competition was pushed to a season low, and the 90-minute "Dancing" (16.8 million, 4.0/10) was the No. 2 show of the night.

Fox won Tuesday in viewers and adults 18-49, followed by ABC. After "Dancing," ABC premiered the new comedy "Miss Guided" (10 million, 2.9/8), which won the hour but declined significantly from its lead-in. ABC opened its night with a repeat of "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" (6.3 million, 1.9/5), which proved that Charlie Brown specials do better during the end-of-year holidays. "Just for Laughs" followed (5.1 million, 1.6/4).

In third place, NBC had two hours of "The Biggest Loser" (7.9 million, 3.1/8) and a repeat of "Law & Order: SVU." CBS was fourth with a repeat of "NCIS," followed by "Big Brother" (5.4 million, 2.0/5) and "Jericho" (5.8 million, 2.0/5).

On the CW, the second week of "Beauty and the Geek" dipped slightly (0.8/2), but the 100th episode of "One Tree Hill" (2.9 million, 1.4/3) matched its fall premiere, up 27% for the week.
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