Fresh off of taking its place as TV's most watched show, "NCIS" gave no indication that it's ready to relinquish its throne, while CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "The Good Wife" also controlled their hours on Tuesday night.
Among adults 18-49, CBS won the night with a 4.0 rating rating, just ahead of the 3.6 rating rating for NBC. FOX's 2.7 rating and the 2.0 rating for ABC followed in the key demographic. The CW trailed with a 1.1 rating.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 17.15 million viewers to go with a 10.7 rating/17 share. Nobody else was really close. ABC took second with a 5.6/9, followed by NBC's 5.2/8. FOX's 3.4/5 and the 1.4/2 for The CW followed.
[Note: The CW has already let us know that due to sports preemptions in some markets, the netlet's numbers are especially preliminary and subject to change.]
"NCIS" had a 12.5/20 in the 8 p.m. hour to go with 20.65 million viewers and a 4.6 rating. Folks love them some "NCIS." NBC's "The Biggest Loser" was second with a 5.3/9, with FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" taking third with a 3.8/6. ABC's decision to air "Shark Tank" a few times in the summer and return it to the fall didn't exactly pay off, as the reality show had a 3.5/6 and, to make matters far worse, a 1.5 rating in the key demo. The CW's "90210" was in line with its season average.
CBS stayed in first at 9 p.m. with a 10.7/17 for "NCIS: Los Angeles," which also won the hour in the key demo with a 4.1 rating. ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" was second with a 8.3/13. NBC's "The Biggest Loser" improved in its second hour and came close to catching CBS in the 18-49 demo. FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" was down to a 3.1/5 in its Wednesday premiere. The CW's "Melrose Place" had a 1.2/2, though those numbers will change.
"The Good Wife" had an 8.9/15 for CBS, winning its hour overall and in the 18-49 demo in its second week. ABC's "The Forgotten" was down to a 5.1/9 in its second week and lost the 18-49 demo to NBC's "The Jay Leno Show," which was second overall.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.