Tuesday Ratings: Lost Premieres Strong, Idol Wins Night - Featured

Lost's sixth and final season premiere was up 12 percent over last year's opener, but American Idol continued to dominate Tuesday nights.


Lost's two-hour premiere averaged 12.1 million viewers and dominated the adults-18-to-49 demographic in both timeslots. It was the ABC's best two-hour performance since November 2007. ABC kicked off the night with a Lost clip show, which pulled in a decent 10 million viewers.


Fox dominated at 8 o'clock, however, as American Idol's Denver auditions drew 24.4 million viewers. That placed well ahead of NCIS (19.1 million viewers) and NBC's The Biggest Loser repeat (5 million viewers).


Though Lost won the demo every half hour from 9 to 11 o'clock, CBS averaged more viewers with NCIS: Los Angeles (16.4 million viewers) and The Good Wife (12.7 million viewers). Kitchen Nightmares (9.3 million viewers) was competitive, and NBC's two-hour Biggest Loser pulled in 9.5 million in its hour-later timeslot.


90210 and Melrose Place repeats both pulled in fewer than 1 million viewers for The CW.


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Feb 3, 2010 6:54PM EST

love how the other networks at all talking over 10 million viewers. then just in a little footnote at the bottom, the CW has less than a million. It almost sounded comical. It's actually a shame with the CW, some of it's shows really deserve to get higher ratings, like supernatural and smallville, but I'm glad it does well with it's target audience.

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Feb 4, 2010 12:08PM EST

I'm starting to think there may be some major flaws with the system they use to measure these ratings because NCIS is good but its not 19.1 million viewers good.

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