Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009.
TV audiences appear willing to welcome the Visitors back into their homes. ABC's remake/reboot/reimagining of "V" had a strong premiere on Tuesday in the first hour of what will be a four-episode November launch, followed by an eventual spring relaunch.
"V" won its hour in the 18-49 demo and, from ABC's point-of-view, stayed reassuringly steady in its second half-hour. Of course, from CBS' point-of-view, "NCIS" still dominated the hour overall, but that's a different story.
Actually, it's not an entirely different story, because CBS still won the night among adults 18-49 with a 3.4 rating, nipping ABC's 3.3 rating. NBC's 3.0 rating was a close third, followed by FOX's 2.4 rating and the 1.0 rating for The CW in the key demographic.
Overall, CBS' margin-of-victory was even greater, averaging an estimated 15.55 million viewers and a 9.8 rating/16 share, comfortably ahead of the 7.6/12 and 12 million viewers for ABC. NBC's 5.0/8 and FOX's 3.8/6 followed. The CW was fifth with a 1.3/2 for the night.
In the 8 p.m. hour, CBS won overall with an 11.7/18 for "NCIS," which also averaged 19.39 million viewers and a 4.2 rating in the demo. ABC's "V" had an 8.5/13, averaged nearly 13.95 million viewers and winning the hour with a 5.0 rating in the 18-49 demo. NBC's "The Biggest Loser" was third overall, beating the 4.0/6 for the first hour of FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance." The CW's "90210" had a 1.5/2 for fifth.
CBS stayed in first overall in the 9 p.m. hour with a relatively low 9.5/15 for "NCIS: Los Angeles." ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" was a close second with a 9.3/14. NBC's "The Biggest Loser" had a 5.8/9 overall and won the hour with a 3.8 demo rating. FOX's "S You Think You Can Dance" slipped in its second hour, but stayed in fourth. The CW's "Melrose Place" had a 1.1/2 and 1.48 million viewers for fifth.
"The Good Wife" closed primetime in first for CBS with an 8.3/14, a series low. ABC's "The Forgotten" had a 4.9/9 and tied with NBC's third place "The Jay Leno Show" in the key demo.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.