Tuesday Prime (8-11pm): Although airing against the Winter Olympics this year, ABC surged over the year-ago Tuesday for the 3rd week in a row, jumping year to year by 37% among Adults 18-49 (2.6/7 vs. 1.9/5 on 2/24/09).
Lost (9-10pm): Opposite considerable competition from the Vancouver Olympics and the second hour of Fox’s American Idol (Top 12 female semifinals performances) from 9-10pm, ABC’s Lost shot up from its lead-in by 5.5 million viewers (9.9 vs. 4.4 million) and by 188% in young adults (4.6/11 vs. 1.6/4) and built its audience from start to finish (+5% in viewers/+7% in young adults).
In fact for the 2nd week in a row, Lost defeated NBC’s Olympic coverage in the 9 o’clock in both Adults 18-34 (+10% – 4.3/11 vs. 3.9/10) and Men 18-34 (+29% – 4.5/12 vs. 3.5/10).
Against the Winter Games and Idol, Lost grew its numbers over the prior week in both Total Viewers (9.9 million vs. 9.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (4.6/12 vs. 4.5/11).
Despite the intensified competition this year, Lost was up over the same telecast last season (Episode 4) in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 (9.8 million & 4.4/10 on 2/11/09).
Lost qualified as Tuesday’s #1 scripted TV program for the 4th consecutive week in Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and across key Men (M18-34/M18-49/M25-54).
the forgotten (10-11pm): During the 10 o’clock hour against the Olympics, ABC’s the forgotten stood as TV’s #1 scripted show in Adults 18-49 (1.7/5) for its 2nd consecutive telecast, generating the series’ 2nd-highest number since mid-November – since 11/17/09.
(source: information provided by ABC)