The season premiere of NBC's "Smash
" failed dramatically without its former cushy lead-in from "The Voice," while "NCIS
" and "NCIS: Los Angeles
" led CBS to its normal comfortable Tuesday wins.
NBC also got weak numbers for Betty White's latest televised birthday celebration
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 2.8 rating for Tuesday night, tops in the key demographic. ABC's 2.3 key demo rating and the 1.9 key demo rating for FOX followed. NBC averaged a 1.2 key demo rating, followed by the 0.5 key demo rating for The CW.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 16.09 million viewers and a 10.2 rating/16 share for Tuesday night. ABC was a distant second with a 4.7/7 and 6.96 million viewers. NBC's 3.4/5 and 4.97 million viewers topped the 2.5/4 and nearly 4 million viewers for FOX. The CW's 1.46 million viewers and 1.0/1 trailed for Tuesday night.
[Univision averaged 4.01 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 for Tuesday night.]
8 p.m. -
"NCIS" dominated the 8 p.m. hour for CBS with 21.49 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49, down a hair from last week, but comfortably leading night in all measures. NBC was far back in second with 5.97 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating for "Betty White's Second Annual 90th Birthday." ABC's "The Taste" averaged 5.28 million viewers and a 1.8 key demo rating in third, beating the 3.79 million viewers and 1.6 key demo rating averaged by two episodes of "Raising Hope" on FOX. The CW's "Hart of Dixie
" averaged 1.41 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating.
9 p.m. -
"NCIS: Los Angeles" held onto first for the 9 p.m. hour with 16.57 million viewers and a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 for CBS. ABC's "The Bachelor
" was second with nearly 7.7 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating. The first hour of NBC's "Smash" premiere was third with 4.84 million viewers and fourth with a 1.2 key demo rating. FOX followed with "New Girl
" (4.81 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo) and "The Mindy Project" (3.6 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating). [FOX wants to note that among adults 18-34, "New Girl" was the night's top show.] On The CW, the series finale of "Emily Owens, MD" averaged 1.49 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "Vegas" won the 10 p.m. hour overall for CBS with 10.22 million viewers, but was well back in second with a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "The Bachelor" was second overall with 7.89 million viewers and an hour-winning 2.6 key demo rating. NBC's "Smash" slipped to 4.09 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating in its second hour.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.