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