Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
It was another night of post-Spring Forward ratings drops, with "New Girl,"   "The River" and even an "NCIS" repeat among the offerings taking big falls. While CBS still dominated overall, the declines led to a three-way logjam among young viewers.
The night was so sluggish that even though NBC's "Fashion Star" got off to a fairly dismal start, it still won the 10 p.m. hour among young viewers, giving NBC a reason to pretend to smile.
[Reminder: In the aftermath of Sunday morning's time change, most primetime early-evening numbers will likely be lower-than-usual this week, a peculiar phenomenon that occurs every year.]
Among adults 18-49, NBC joined CBS and FOX atop the heap with a 1.8 rating, a three-way tie for the key demographic. ABC averaged a 1.4 rating, followed by The CW's 0.5 key demo rating.
Overall, though, CBS had first place all to itself with 10.42 million viewers and a 6.7 rating/11 share for Tuesday primetime. NBC was a distant second with 5.45 million viewers, nipping the 5.44 million for ABC. FOX was fourth with a 2.6/4 and 4.23 million viewers, while The CW averaged a 0.8/1 and 1.16 million viewers.
8 p.m. - CBS started primetime in first with 12.71 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 for an "NCIS" repeat. NBC was second with 6.08 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating for "The Biggest Loser." ABC was third overall and fourth in the key demo with a "Last Man Standing" repeat (5.42 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo) and a new "Cougar Town" (4.41 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo). ["Cougar Town" was one of the early evening shows least impacted by the Spring Forward drop and may even have risen a hair in total viewers.] FOX was fourth overall and third in the key demo with "Raising Hope" (4.29 million viewers and a 1.8 key demo) and "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" (3.52 million and a 1.3 key demo). The CW's "90210" averaged 1.22 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - A repeat of "NCIS: Los Angeles" kept CBS in first overall with 11.29 million viewers, but the network slipped to second with a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 in the 9 p.m. hour. NBC was second overall and tied for second in the key demo with "The Biggest Loser" (6.9 million and a 2.2 key demo) and "Fashion Star" (4.69 million and a 1.6 key demo). FOX won the hour among young viewers, but finished third overall with "New Girl" (5.68 million viewers and a 2.7 key demo rating) and "Breaking In" (3.47 million and a 1.5 key demo). ABC's "The River" averaged 4.13 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating in fourth. On The CW, "Ringer" pulled in 1.1 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - ABC grabbed first overall for the 10 p.m. hour with 7.28 million viewers for a new "Body of Proof," which finished second with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. CBS' repeat of "Unforgettable" was a close second with 7.27 million viewers and a close third with a 1.3 key demo rating. NBC's "Fashion Star" was far back in third overall with 4.49 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.6 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.
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.