Tuesday ratings hit highs and lows


Who won Tuesday night in the Nielsens is a matter of perspective.

Fox's "American Idol" won, because it was the highest rated (23 million viewers, 8.6 rating among adults 18-49 and a 23 share).

NBC's "Biggest Loser" finale (11.2 million, 4.4/11) won, because it matched its season high and was only down 4% from its December closer despite being up against "Idol."

Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" (11.1 million, 4.9/12) was a winner because it maintained the same percentage of "Idol" viewers during its third week.

Except all the wins have a catch: "Idol" had its worst Tuesday rating since 2003. "Loser" was fourth-ranked overall for the night. And "Hell's" declined a couple notches due to the lowered lead-in.

Fox won the evening with "Idol" and "Hell's." NBC was next with the "Biggest Loser," which bested "Hell's" in the 9 p.m. hour, and "Law & Order: SVU" (12 million, 4.5/12). ABC and CBS tied, with ABC airing back-to-back "According to Jim" episodes (13.3 million, 4.7/12), then the "Dancing With the Stars" results show (15 million, 3.4/8). "Dancing" came in third place for the 9 p.m. hour with its lowest rating in about two years.

CBS had "NCIS" (14.9 million, 3.1/8), "Big Brother" (6.5 million, 2.4/6) and "48 Hours Mystery" (5.1 million, 1.5/4).

The CW aired "Beauty and the Geek" (1.5 million, 0.7/2).