Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Dec. 23.

It was a slow Tuesday night in the TV-land.

How slow was it? So slow that the two most watched programs were CBS repeats of "The Mentalist" and "NCIS."

How slow was it? CBS and FOX actually tied for the 18-49 crown, doing a 1.8 rating in the key demographic. NBC was third with a 1.6 rating and ABC wasn't all that far behind with a 1.5 rating. The CW wasn't much of a factor, with a 0.5 rating.

How slow was it? CBS averaged 9.3 million viewers and a 5.8/10 to win the night. NBC's 4.3/7 and FOX's 3.5/6 followed. ABC was fourth with a 2.8/5. The CW's 0.9/2 trailed.

At 8 p.m. FOX's "House" and "Home for the Holidays with Faith Hill" tied for first with a 4.3/7. NBC's "Law & Order" was third. ABC finished fourth with the 3.6/6 for "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," but actually won the hour in the 18-49 demographic. The CW's "90210" had a 0.9/2 for the hour.

CBS took over at 9 p.m. with a 6.6/11 for "NCIS." NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" had a 4.1/7 for second. ABC's "Rediscovered" special was third, edging the 2.8/5 for "Fringe" on FOX. The CW stayed last.

"The Mentalist" had a 6.6/12 to win the 10 p.m. hour for CBS. NBC's second hour of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" held second with a 4.6/8, while ABC got a 2.0/3 for the special "The List."

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.