“90210” Hits Ratings Low, “Lost” Solid, “Parenthood” Dips

Who would have figured it would take just one day for The CW’s schedule to make the paltry “Gossip Girl” return rating appear tolerable?

The CW brought “90210” and “Melrose Place” back Tuesday, and both posted disastrous ratings for the network. “90210,” which has already scored a third season renewal, averaged a series-low 0.8 adults 18-49 rating with just 1.68 million viewers. “Melrose Place,” very likely to be cancelled, followed with just a 0.5 and 1.19 million.

Scheduling an extended break between the fall finales and spring premieres clearly did not help revive The CW’s soaps, which had rapidly been bleeding momentum prior to the respective fall finales.

With “American Idol” limited to just one hour, FOX failed to top CBS in total viewers for the evening (it did, however, claim the adults 18-49 crown). “Idol”s 22.61 million viewers and 8.2 rating led into a re-run of “Glee,” which scoerd a 3.0 with 7.83 million viewers.

CBS’ lineup included “NCIS” (19.5 million, 3.8), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (16.93 million, 3.5) and “The Good Wife” (13.91 million, 2.8).

A Ben Linus-centric episode of “Lost” gave ABC the demographic victory at 9PM with a 4.2 and 9.52 million viewers. “the forgotten” followed with a dismal 1.3 and 4.89 million.

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” was solid but unspectacular with a 3.0 and 7.9 million viewers–its first hour, in particular, struggled against “American Idol” (a 2.6 with 6.96 million viewers). New series “Parenthood” dipped from last week’s premiere to a 2.6 rating with 6.07 million viewers.

Written by Brian Cantor

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