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'Idol,' 'House' Lift Fox to Tuesday Win

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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American Idol (Fox)Fox easily won Tuesday night across key measures in the preliminary Nielsen ratings, with "American Idol" (11.7 among adults 18 to 49) and a "House" repeat (5.1) scoring the highest returns.

"Idol" dipped 15% from last week's two-hour premiere, which is a slightly better retention than last year.

NBC came in second place, with "The Biggest Loser: Couples" (3.7) rebounding 23% from last week thanks to having to face only an hour of "Idol" instead of two. At 10 p.m., "Law & Order: SVU" won the hour (4.6).

CBS placed third with repeats of "NCIS" (2.1) and "The Unit" (1.9) followed by "48 Hours Mystery" (2.0).

ABC was fourth with two "Just for Laughs" episodes (both 1.4), "According to Jim" (2.2), "Carpoolers" (1.7) and "Boston Legal" (2.2).

The CW aired a "Reaper" repeat (0.6) and "One Tree Hill" (1.3).
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