Fox was the big ratings winner last night.
Fringe, returning with its first new episode in months, proved to be a solid companion for American Idol.
From 9 to 10 p.m., which saw the final nine minutes of Idol bleed into Fringe, Fox scored 11.9 million viewers. It defeated Dancing With the Stars and The Mentalist in the 18-49 year-old demographic.
Among other primetime pickings:
- NCIS (17.6 million) was the top scripted series. The Mentalist (16.8 million) wasn't very far behind.
- Law & Order: SVU (9.1 million), Reaper (2.3 million) and 90210 (2.1 million) were basically even with last week.
- Cupid (6.2 million) lost about two million viewers from its first half hour to its second.