After a season of lackluster ratings, NBC's "The Biggest Loser" came on strong for its latest finale, dominating both "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "The Good Wife" in the young adult demos. Not to worry, CBS fans, the network's three normal Tuesday dramas still won their hours overall.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 3.4 rating for the night, edging the 3.1 rating for CBS in the key demographic. FOX was a distant third with a 2.1 rating, with ABC a distant fourth with a 1.1 rating. The CW's "Vampire Diaries" marathon continued with a 0.5 demo rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 16.08 million viewers and a 10.0 rating/16 share, routing the 5.8/9 and 9.9 million viewers for NBC. FOX was well back in third with a 3.4/5 and 5.49 million viewers, topping the 2.6/4 and 4.3 million viewers for ABC. The CW trailed with a 0.9/1 and 1.3 million viewers.
8 p.m. -- CBS began the night in first with a strong 19.78 million viewers and a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49 for "NCIS." NBC was far behind in second with a 7.67 and 2.3 demo rating for "Minute To Win It." FOX's "Glee" repeat was third with 5.59 million viewers, ahead of the 5.52 million viewers for ABC's "I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown." The first of two "Vampire Diaries" repeats had 1.36 million viewers for The CW.
9 p.m. -- "NCIS: Los Angeles" averaged 16.755 million viewers to keep CBS in first overall in the 9 p.m. hour, but fell to second in the demo with a 3.2 rating. The first hour of NBC's "Biggest Loser" finale was second overall with 10.86 million viewers and first in the key demo with a 3.8 rating. A second repeat of "Glee" drew 5.39 million viewers to FOX, with ABC's repeat of "No Ordinary Family" drawing 3.525 million. The CW's "Vampire Diaries" repeat was fifth.
10 p.m. -- "The Good Wife" averaged 11.71 million viewers for CBS to capture the 10 p.m. hour, though the acclaimed drama mustered only a 2.1 demo rating. NBC's "The Biggest Loser" was second overall with 11.18 million viewers and ruled the hour with a 4.2 rating. ABC's repeat of "Detroit 187" averaged 3.865 million viewers in third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.