TV Ratings: 'Parenthood' Finale Climbs, Steady 'American Idol' Tops Tuesday

The NBC drama sees its strongest showing in months as ABC's lineup hits lows and Fox gets an obligatory win with Idol's first night of live performances.
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American Idol's super-sized week kicked off last night with a dominant two-hour broadcast of the Top 13 male finalists. The broadcast brought Fox an easy win among adults 18-49, a 5.0 rating, though it averaged just shy of CBS' NCIS two-for in total viewers. (Idol raked in 15.8 million, while CBS had 16.8 during the same time.)

Overall, CBS secured the second spot in the demo and total viewers for Tuesday, pulling in a 2.8 rating among 18-49 and 14.5 million viewers. NCIS was down to a 3.4 in the demo, while companion NCIS:LA saw a 15 percent jump to a 3.1. Unforgettable was down to a 1.9, a series low.

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Keeping with precedent of the last two seasons, Parenthood got a significant boost in its finale. The NBC drama climbed 12 percent from last week (and 19 percent from two weeks ago) for a 1.9 among 18-49-ers. While down from the last season finale, the series was tied for the top spot at 10:00 p.m. (with Unforgettable) and brought in its strongest numbers since November.

Elsewhere on NBC, Biggest Loser was down 13 percent for a 2.0 among adults 18-49, giving the net an average 2.0 demo rating for the night and 5.5 million viewers.

ABC hit lows with Last Man Standing (2.1 among key adults), Cougar Town (1.5) and The River (1.5). All three hit series lows. Body of Proof dropped 13 percent from the prior week, bringing in a 1.3 among 18-49-ers. The net averaged a 1.6 in adults and 5.6 million viewers.

Ringer fell 25 percent on the CW, pulling in a low 0.4 among adults 18-49, thanks in part to the 8:00 p.m. Hart of Dixie encore's soft lead.