Fox dominates, 'Jericho' ratings decline


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

The two-hour edition of "Idol" scored an 11.2 preliminary Nielsen rating among adults 18 to 49, which is down 9% from last Tuesday, yet up 14% from its Wednesday showing. 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) held up best against Fox's fire. NBC says 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) 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), "Big Brother" (1.9) fell 24% and "Jericho" (2.0) was down 23%.

ABC's lineup came in fourth, with a pair of "Just For Laughs" (an original that earned a 1.2 and a repeat that scored a 1.3), followed by originals of "According to Jim" (1.6), "Carpoolers" (1.4) and "Boston Legal" (1.9).

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

For the night, Fox led the network averages (28.8 million / 11.2), 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 prior airing.