'Idol' romps Tuesday against mostly repeats


NEW YORK -- A two-hour "American Idol" easily won Tuesday's primetime against mostly repeats on the rival networks.

"American Idol" averaged 29.4 million viewers and an 11.5 rating/31 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. "Idol" was the top show by far in both measures. At 8 p.m., only "Dateline: NBC" (5.6 million, 2.0/6) was original and that was beaten by "NCIS" (11.5 million, 2.5/7).

"Idol" romped at 9 p.m., soaring to 31.2 million viewers at 9:30 p.m. Nothing could catch up and "Primetime: The Outsiders" (5.6 million, 1.8/5) and The CW's "Pussycat Dolls" (2.5 million, 1.1/3) were both down week to week in viewership and the adults 18-49 demographic.

There were only repeats at 10 p.m., with "CSI" (9.2 million, 2.9/8) winning in both viewership and adults 18-49 against NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (8.2 million, 2.5/7) and "Boston Legal" (5.7 million, 1.4/4).

Nightly averages: ABC (5.5 million, 1.6/4); CBS (9.5 million, 2.5/7); NBC (6.9 million, 2.1/6); Fox (29.4 million, 11.5/31); and The CW (2.3 million, 0.9/3).