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Tuesday's tallies:

8 pm/ET
American Idol's taste of Top 40 was tops, averaging 23.46 million total viewers over its 85-minute run. NCIS nabbed second with 16.8 mil, dipping 710K week-to-week. The Biggest Loser shed 11 percent of its previous audience, delivering 8.75 mil.

Trailing a pair of Better Off Ted repeats, Reaper reaped 2.37 mil, down 100 thou from last week's Obama-stimulated season high.

9 pm
The Mentalist trailed Idol for the first half of the hour, delivering 16.9 million viewers (down 615K). Dancing with the Stars' double-elimination did 13 mil, plunging 17 percent from its previous results show. 90210 returned from hiatus to 2.04 million viewers, down 15 percent from its last fresh outing.

Fox's Osbournes: Reloaded show debuted to 9.33 mil.

10 pm
Without a Trace took first place with 12.7 million viewers, followed by SVU (9.38 mil, down 12 percent). ABC's Cupid felt the love of 7.56 million people, but suffered much tune-out over its debut hour.