Though the data is extremely approximate due to coverage of President Obama's State of the Union address, preliminary numbers indicate that an "American Idol" repeat pushed Fox to a ratings win Tuesday night.
A repeat of Sunday night's "Idol" at 8 p.m. posted the night's highest numbers in the adults 18-49 demographic, scoring a 3.3 rating/9 share and 9.5 million total viewers. The episode was pushed out of primetime in much of the country Sunday due to the NFC championship game. The State of the Union address, airing from 9 to 10:41 p.m. on the east coast, drew a 1.9/4 in the demo and 5.3 million total viewers, giving Fox a top-rated 2.3/6 average in the demo for the night.
CBS had the most-watched show, an "NCIS" repeat at 8, which scored a 2.0/5 in the demo and 12.3 million viewers. The State of the Union address at 9 drew a a 1.5/4 in the demo and 7.1 million total viewers for CBS. Overall the network averaged 8.4 million viewers for the night.
NBC began the night with "The Biggest Loser" at 8, which pulled a 2.1/6 in the demo and 6.3 million total viewers. The network had the most viewers in the demo for Obama's speech. It earned NBC a 2.0/5 in the demo and 7.1 million total viewers. Post-speech analysis scored a 1.2/3 in the demo and 5.2 million total viewers.
ABC aired repeats throughout the night, with the exception of the address, which drew a 1.8/4 in the demo and 7.1 million total viewers.