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Nadya Suleman, Ann Curry

NBC Photo: Paul Drinkwater

Tuesday TV's Biggest Mother of Them All: Why, Nadya Suleman, of course. The Dateline franchise scored nearly twice its usual audience (11.3 million, per Nielsen estimates, versus 6.1 million) for Ann Curry's sit-down with the California octoplets' maternal unit.

If Mark Harmon Flaps His Wings in the Forest, Does a Storm Strike Fox? Can't say. But when NCIS (18 million) returns with a new episode, American Idol (night-best 24.5 million) slips just a bit. A new Mentalist (19.7 million) seemingly had the same depressing effect on Fringe (10.5 million).

Fat City: The Biggest Loser likewise was down from last week (9.3 million versus 10.3 million), but in the competitive 9 p.m. hour it pulled off a win in the 18-49 demo over Fringe, The Mentalist and, less surprising, the stomped-down Scrubs (4.4 million overall viewers).

Etc.: 90210 (2.4 million) and Privileged (1.5 million) were about even with last week.