American Idol returned early to the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood Tuesday, and 26.28 million people tuned in to watch, according to overnight Nielsen ratings. Surprisingly a repeat of NCIS offered solid competition as it drew 14.36 million viewers, about what it has been averaging for all-new shows. NBC's The Biggest Loser also drew respectable ratings against Idol with 8.92 million viewers. CBS took over first place at 9 00 p.m., as a repeat of The Mentalist attracted 15 million viewers, putting it ahead of Idol lead-out Fringe, with 13.04 million.