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Ratings: Idol Slips, But Wins; NCIS: Los Angeles Bounces Back

Another Tuesday, another win for American Idol and Fox — but the viewer gap between Idol and NCIS is closing.Down 12 percent from last Tuesday's episode, Idol's Los Angeles auditions still pulled in 24.2 million viewers, easily making it the night's most watched show, both in total viewers and in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. NCIS, while down slightly from its last original episode, was watched by 20.2 million viewers, the closest it has ever come to Idol's numbers on a given night.NCIS: Los Angeles jumped 27 percent from its most recent new episode and drew 17.2 million viewers. A repeat of The Good Wife (10.3 million viewers) rounded out CBS' night and was good enough to help the network edge out NBC for second place...

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Adam Bryant

Another Tuesday, another win for American Idoland Fox — but the viewer gap between Idol and NCISis closing.
Down 12 percent from last Tuesday's episode, Idol's Los Angeles auditions still pulled in 24.2 million viewers, easily making it the night's most watched show, both in total viewers and in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. NCIS, while down slightly from its last original episode, was watched by 20.2 million viewers, the closest it has ever come to Idol's numbers on a given night.
NCIS: Los Angelesjumped 27 percent from its most recent new episode and drew 17.2 million viewers. A repeat of The Good Wife(10.3 million viewers) rounded out CBS' night and was good enough to help the network edge out NBC for second place.
The Peacock's two-hour broadcast of The Biggest Loseraveraged 9.7 million viewers, with the second hour beating Fox's Human Target(9.6 million viewers), which fell 6 percent week-to-week. The Jay Leno Showdrew 6.3 million viewers for NBC at 10 o'clock.
ABC's repeat of Lost's Season 5 finale averaged 3.3 million viewers over two hours. A ­Scrubs-Better Off Ted combo kicked off the night; the shows drew 3.3 million viewers and 2.5 million viewers, respectively. On the CW, repeats of 90210and Melrose Placeboth drew less than a million viewers.