Valentine's Day took a bite out of the Tuesday TV audience, but the bottom line was pretty familiar, with CBS' "NCIS
" duo and "Unforgettable" running the table for the night.
In other ratings news, it was a soft launch for ABC's "Cougar Town
," a big Week 2 drop for ABC's "The River
" and yet another series low for The CW's struggling "Ringer
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 3.1 rating for the night, topping FOX's 2.7 rating in the key demographic. NBC was third with a 1.9 rating, followed by ABC's 1.6 rating. The CW posted a 0.3 key rating for Tuesday night.
Overall, CBS won in a rout, averaging 15.49 million viewers to go with a 9.5 rating/15 share. FOX's 3.8/6 and 6.255 million viewers finished second, edging out ABC's 3.6/6 and 5.79 million viewers and NBC's 3.4/6 and 5.36 million viewers. The CW averaged a 0.6/1 and 909,000 viewers.
[Univision averaged 3.81 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 for Tuesday primetime.]
8 p.m. -
"NCIS" started primetime in first with 19.42 million viewers and a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49. FOX's "Glee
" took another big drop to 6.875 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating. On ABC, "Last Man Standing
" (7.59 million viewers and a 2.2 key demo rating) led into the season premiere of "Cougar Town" (4.85 million viewers and a 1.8 key demo rating). [Regarding "Cougar Town," ABC expressed pleasure at the 82 percent demo retention, better than the season average, and also noted the across-the-board 7 percent decline in TV Usage among adults 18-49 for Valentine's Day night.] NBC's "The Biggest Loser
" averaged 5.72 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo rating in fourth. On The CW, a repeat of "Hart of Dixie" averaged 749,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
9 p.m. -
CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles
" had one of the night's smaller week-to-week declines with 16.06 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 (possibly even finishing up in the key demo). NBC's "The Biggest Loser" was second with 5.93 million viewers and third with a 2.1 key demo rating. FOX was third overall and second in the key demo for the hour with "New Girl
" (6.58 million viewers and a 3.2 key demo) and "Raising Hope
" (4.69 million and a 2.1 key demo). ABC's "The River" fell to 4.985 million viewers and a 1.7 key demo rating in its second week, a big drop even from the lowest point of its two-hour premiere. The CW's "Ringer" average 1.07 million viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "Unforgettable" closed the night with 10.97 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Body of Proof" averaged 6.155 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating. And NBC's "Parenthood" averaged 4.44 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.