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Ratings: 'American Idol' debut down 10 percent, still pulls 30 mil


We all knew American Idol’s eighth season premiere – seen by an average 30.1 million viewers, according to overnight ratings (down 10 percent from Season 7’s bow) – would reclaim Tuesday night for Fox. The question was, how much would other shows suffer? Well, CBS’ NCIS held strong with 18.5 million viewers, only 3 percent shy of last week’s audience, and The Mentalist, which hit a season-high Jan. 6, only dropped 8 percent to 18.1 million. Among the show’s not so lucky: ABC’s Scrubs. Because Idol is a powerhouse in both total viewers and the 18-49 demographic, the sitcom’s back-to-back episodes took a serious hit compared to last week’s premiere: Total viewers nose-dived 33 percent for the hour, while the 18-49 rating dipped from the 3.2 that creator Bill Lawrence thought would make the Alphabet execs happy to 2.2. NBC’s Biggest Loser: Couples was also missing a notable portion of its crowd: Total viewers was down 27 percent from last week’s season premiere, while the 18-49 rating dipped from 4.5 to 3.3. Over on The CW, 90210 dipped 22 percent in total viewers, as its 18-49 rating went from 1.4 to 1.1. Privileged was down 33 percent, and took the demo drop from .8 to .5.


























Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8 p.m. American Idol (Fox)
The Biggest Loser: Couples (NBC)
Homeland Security USA (ABC)
90210 (The CW)
9 p.m. The Mentalist (CBS)
Scrubs (ABC)
Privileged (The CW)
9:30 p.m. Scrubs (ABC) 4.3
10 p.m. Without a Trace (CBS)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
What Would You Do? (ABC)


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