Fox's 'Amsterdam' has strong debut


The debut of Fox's drama "New Amsterdam" won the 9 p.m. hour Tuesday night with a solid premiere rating aided by a typically massive "American Idol" lead-in.

"Amsterdam," about an immortal New York City detective, has been pushed around the schedule this season and critic reviews were lukewarm. But last night's debut was the second highest-rated show of the night after "Idol" (28.2 million viewers, 10.5 preliminary adults 18 to 49 rating and a 26 share) which dipped 5% from last week to hit a Tuesday night season low. "Amsterdam" (13.7 million, 4.6/11) retained 44% of the "Idol" rating, down a tick from the 46% held by last year's "The Wedding Bells."

NBC was the No. 2 network across the board last night, with a two-hour "Biggest Loser" (8.7 million, 3.5/9) and a repeat "Law & Order: SVU" (9.4 million, 2.9/8).

CBS was third, with a repeat "NCIS" (10.6 million, 2.1/5) followed by "Big Brother" (6.7 million, 2.5/6) and "Jericho" (5.9 million, 1.8/5).

In fourth, ABC aired an hour of "Just for Laughs" (4.9 million, 1.4/3), "According to Jim" (5.6 million, 1.9/5) and the finale of "Carpoolers" (4.2 million, 1.5/4). With stronger NBC competition this week, the second episode of "Primetime: What Would You Do" (6.4 million, 2.3/6) dropped 25% from its premiere.

The CW had an "America's Next Top Model" repeat special (1.6 million, 0.7/2) and "One Tree Hill" (3.0 million, 1.5/4).