American Idol Proving a Ratings Juggernaut

The “American Idol”-“House” combo proved unbeatable in the ratings Tuesday night.

FOX averaged a 13.3 rating/20 share in primetime, well ahead of its competition. CBS took second with a 7.5/12, beating ABC at 5.8/9. NBC managed a paltry 4.9/8 for fourth. The WB’s 1.9/3 beat UPN’s 1.6/2 for fifth.

“American Idol,” scored a 16.1/25 — the night’s highest rating — at 8 p.m. CBS was second with “NCIS,” 7.8/12. “My Wife and Kids” and “George Lopez” managed 4.3/7 for ABC, easily defeating an hour of “Will & Grace” repeats on NBC. A “Gilmore Girls” rerun, 2.3/3, on The WB was fifth, well ahead of “All of Us” and “Eve” on UPN.

At 9 p.m., “House” set another series record with a 10.6/16, keeping FOX well in the lead. “The Amazing Race,” 7.6/12, kept second for CBS. ABC managed a third with 6.1/9 for two episodes of “According to Jim.” NBC stayed fourth with a “Scrubs” repeat, 4.1/6, and “Committed,” 3.6/5. “The Starlet” kept The WB in fifth, just beating a “Veronica Mars” rerun on UPN.

A repeat of “Law & Order: SVU,” 7.7/13, managed to overcome its weak NBC lead-in and win at 10 p.m. for NBC. CBS’s “Judging Amy,” 7.2/12, was second in households, but ABC’s “Blind Justice” (7.0/12) held on for the win in the total numbers.

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