Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009.
A typically strong performance from "NCIS" and solid returns for "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "The Good Wife" helped CBS dominate Tuesday night overall, but FOX scored a surprise win in the key demo with the two-hour finale of the latest cycle of "Hell's Kitchen."
Among adults 18-49, FOX had a 3.8 rating, nipping the 3.6 rating for CBS. NBC's 2.9 rating was good for third, topping ABC's 2.2 rating and the 1.0 rating for The CW in the all-important demographic.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 16.16 million viewers in primetime to go with a 10.2 rating/16 share. ABC was a distant second with a 5.8/9. NBC's 4.9/8 was third. Despite winning the demo, FOX couldn't get above fourth overall with a 4.4/7 (though FOX averaged more viewers than NBC). The CW was fifth with a 1.3/2.
CBS started the night in first with a 12.4/20 for "NCIS," up over last week both over and in the demo with a 4.4 rating. NBC's "Biggest Loser" was second overall with a 5.2/8 and third in the demo. FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" had a 4.3/7 overall, but finished second in the demo with a 3.6 rating. ABC's "Shark Tank" was fourth. The CW's "90210" had a 1.6/2 for the hour.
In the 9 p.m. hour, CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" had a 9.6/15, but actually finished third in the demo. ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" was second with an 8.8/14. NBC's "Biggest Loser" was third overall and second in the demo. FOX had a 4.6/7 for the conclusion of "Hell's Kitchen" and won the hour in the demo with a 4.0 rating. The CW's "Melrose Place" had only a 1.0/2 and 1.4 million viewers, both low.
"The Good Wife" capped CBS' evening win with an 8.6/15 and a 2.7 demo rating, which won the hour, but also represents a series low. ABC's "The Forgotten" had a 5.0/9 for second. NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" was 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.