Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009.

Original programming returned in a rush on Tuesday night, with positive results for CBS' procedurals, NBC's "Biggest Loser: Couples" and even some bright signs for ABC's "Scrubs" premiere.

NBC won the night among adults 18-49, doing a 4.3 rating in the key young adult demo. CBS was second with a 3.4 rating, followed by the 2.7 rating for ABC, FOX's 1.8 rating and The CW's 1.1 rating.

Overall, though, CBS won by a wide margin, averaging 17.3 million viewers and a 10.8 rating/17 share. NBC was second with a 7.0/11. ABC was a distant third with a 4.4/7, with FOX's 3.1/5 and The CW's 1.5/2 trailing.

CBS kicked the night off strongly with an 11.6/18 for "NCIS." The first hour of NBC's "Biggest Loser: Couples" was second with a 6.5/10. ABC's "Homeland Security USA" had a 4.8/7 in its premiere. FOX's "House" was third, followed by The CW's "90210," which was down to a 1.8/3 in its 2009 premiere.

At 9 p.m. CBS' "The Mentalist" delivered the night's biggest audience with a 12.3/19. NBC's "Biggest Loser: Couples" was second for the hour, but topped "The Mentalist" in the key 18-49 demo. "Scrubs" was a distant third for ABC with a 4.0/6, though the show's 3.1 rating in the 18-49 was respectable. FOX's "Fringe" was fourth, while The CW's "Privileged" had a 1.1/2.

"Without a Trace" closed primetime with an 8.5/14 for CBS. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was second with a 7.0/12. ABC's "What Would You Do?" special was third.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National 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.