A scene from Tuesday's "Unforgettable"
After a couple weeks of repeats, CBS' powerhouse Tuesday procedurals returned with big numbers for "NCIS
," "NCIS: Los Angeles
" and "Unforgettable
." CBS swept the night, leaving the other networks to pick up the scraps, which included a wait-and-see respectable premiere for ABC's critically derided "Work It
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 3.4 rating for the night, far ahead of NBC's 2.1 rating and the 2.0 rating for ABC in the key demographic. FOX averaged a 1.0 rating for the night, with The CW trailing with a 0.3 rating.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 16.24 million viewers and a 10.0 rating/15 share for Tuesday primetime. ABC was a distant second with a 4.3/7 and 6.66 million viewers, just in front of the 3.7/6 and 5.96 million viewers for NBC. FOX's 2.58 million and 1.7/3 and The CW's 0.6/1 and 857,000 viewers trailed.
[Univision averaged 3.43 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, good for fourth for Tuesday night.]
8 p.m. -
"NCIS" kicked off Tuesday primetime with 20.015 million viewers and a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49 for CBS. ABC was second with "Last Man Standing
" (7.87 million viewers and a 2.4 key demo rating) and the series premiere of "Work It" (6.14 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo), which retained a good deal more of its lead-in than recent episodes of the axed "Man Up," though obviously it remains to be seen how much of the premiere audience was rubbernecking. NBC's premiere of "The Biggest Loser
" averaged 6.33 million viewers and a 2.2 key demo rating, losing to "Last Man Standing" in both measures and beating "Work It" in both. FOX was fourth with 2.49 million viewers for a "Glee" repeat, bettering the 998,000 viewers for The CW's latest repeat of "The Secret Circle."
9 p.m. -
"NCIS: Los Angeles" kept CBS in first for the 9 p.m. hour with 17.07 million viewers and a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Biggest Loser" moved up to second with 6.59 million viewers and a 2.4 key demo rating, topping the 6 million viewers and 2.2 key demo for ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap
." FOX was fourth with 2.66 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo for repeats of "New Girl" and "Raising Hope," while The CW's "Secret Circle" repeat averaged 715,000 viewers.
10 p.m. - CBS closed primetime in first with the 11.62 million viewers and 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 for "Unforgettable." ABC's "Body of Proof" drew a low 6.97 million viewers for second and a lower 1.5 key demo rating for third. NBC's "Parenthood" was also on the low side with 4.95 million viewers and a 1.7 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.