We're only a few weeks into the season, but already certain nights have fallen into steady routines. Tuesday has become particularly settled, with "NCIS
" and "NCIS: Los Angeles
" leading CBS to overall domination and "New Girl
" pacing FOX to victory among young viewers.
In general, there were extensive ratings declines on Tuesday night -- particularly for The CW, but also for "NCIS: Los Angeles" and a couple other shows -- and while some of that may be attributable to postseason baseball on TBS, that may not tell the whole story.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 3.6 rating, edging out the 3.3 rating for CBS in the key demographic. ABC's 2.2 rating was third, with NBC's 2.0 rating close behind. The CW trailed with a 0.6 rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 14.955 million viewers to go with a 9.4 rating/15 share, which easily topped the 11.39 million viewers and 7.6/12 for ABC. FOX's 4.6/7 and 7.93 million viewers finished third, beating the 3.5/5 and 5.4 million viewers for NBC. The CW averaged a 1.0/1 and 1.41 million viewers for the night.
8 p.m. -
CBS started primetime in first with 18.86 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49 for "NCIS." ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" clip show was second with 9.11 million viewers, but fourth with a 1.7 key demo rating. FOX's "Glee
" averaged just under 8.3 million viewers and a 3.5 key demo rating for third overall and second in the demo. NBC's "The Biggest Loser" averaged 5.52 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating. The CW's "90210
" was down significantly (and oddly) to 1.32 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating.
9 p.m. -
ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" moved into first overall for the 9 p.m. hour with 14.83 million viewers and finished third with a 2.8 key demo rating. CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" was a close second with 14.65 million viewers and a 3.4 key demo rating. FOX's "New Girl" (8.62 million viewers and a 4.3 key demo rating) and "Raising Hope
" (6.51 million viewers and a 2.9 key demo rating) were third overall and first for the demo. NBC's 5.69 million viewers and 2.1 key demo rating were fourth. After two weeks of leveling, The CW's "Ringer
" took a big plunge to 1.49 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating, the sort of weird and somewhat inexplicable drop that doesn't necessarily seem baseball related.
10 p.m. -
" continued to slip, while still winning the 10 p.m. hour with 11.35 million viewers and a 2.4 key demo rating. ABC's "Body of Proof
" got a boost from "Dancing with the Stars" overrun and averaged 10.22 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating in second. It was a down week for NBC's "Parenthood," with just under 5 million viewers and a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.