Jillian Michaels of 'The Biggest Loser'
FOX's college football bowl coverage had pretty much had its way with the competition in recent nights, but the Orange Bowl
, featuring Iowa and Georgia Tech, was no match for CBS' regular dramas or the high-powered return of "The Biggest Loser
" to NBC.
Among adults 18-49, NBC won Tuesday night with a 3.8 rating, nipping the 3.7 rating for CBS and the 3.2 rating for FOX in the key demographic. ABC's 1.3 rating was a distant fourth, while The CW trailed with a 0.4 rating.
Overall, though, CBS was in complete control, averaging an estimated 17.72 million viewers to go with a 10.9 rating/17 share. FOX's 6.1/9 topped the 6.0/9 for NBC, though NBC had the advantage in total viewers. ABC's 2.3/4 was well back in fourth. The CW's 0.6/1 was fifth.
CBS started the season's last pre-"American Idol" Tuesday in first with a 12.9/20 for "NCIS
," which averaged an estimated 21.34 million viewers and led the hour with a 4.4 demo rating. NBC's "Biggest Loser" was second with a 6.6/10 and also finished second in the demo. The start of FOX's Orange Bowl coverage was third with a 5.6/9. ABC finished fourth with "Scrubs
" (2.6/4) and "Better Off Ted
" (1.9/3). The CW's "90210" repeat trailed.
"NCIS: Los Angeles
" had a 10.9/17 to lead the 9 p.m. hour overall for CBS. NBC's "Biggest Loser" was second overall with a 7.3/11 and won the hour in the demo with a 5.0 rating, well ahead of the 3.7 rating for "NCIS: Los Angeles." FOX's football was third with a 6.6/10. ABC's "Scrubs" (2.0/3) and "Better Off Ted" (1.7/3) both continued to lag in fourth. The CW's "Melrose Place" repeat stayed fifth.
[Want some different math on those staggered ABC comedy burnoffs? The two "Scrubs" episodes averaged 3.45 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating. The two "Better Off Ted" episodes averaged just under 2.8 million viewers and 1.2 demo rating.]
In the 10 p.m. hour, CBS' "The Good Wife
" delivered a strong 9.0/15 and also won the hour with a 3.0 rating in the key demo. "Biggest Loser" boosted "The Jay Leno Show" to a 4.2/7, while ABC's "Forgotten" could muster only a 2.9/5 in 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.