Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
After last week's clip show, "The Voice" made a strong return to Tuesday and boosted NBC's full lineup to a narrow win among young viewers. CBS, however, had no trouble sweeping primetime overall, with "NCIS" leading the way.
Meanwhile, FOX's comedies were stable week-to-week and ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" saw some improvement overall, if not among young viewers.
Facing "The Voice," The CW's "Hart of Dixie" took a big second week drop and, despite ample enthusiasm on Twitter, Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" failed to generate any tangible interest in its TV premiere.
Now, on to the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.9 rating for Tuesday night, topping the 2.7 rating for CBS in the key demographic. FOX was third with a 2.0 key demo rating, beating ABC's 1.7 rating and the 0.3 key demo rating for The CW.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 14.93 million viewers and a 9.6 rating/15 share, comfortably ahead of the 6.4/10 and 9.16 million viewers for ABC's Tuesday primetime lineup. NBC was third with a 4.8/7 and 7.63 million viewers, with FOX's 2.4/4 and 4 million viewers in fourth. The CW averaged 865,000 viewers and a 0.6/1.
8 p.m. - "NCIS" dominated the 8 p.m. hour overall with 18.1 million viewers and put CBS in second among adults 18-49 with a 3.3 rating. NBC's "The Voice" won the hour with a 4.4 key demo rating and was second with 11.93 million viewers. ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" was third with 8.24 million viewers and fourth with a 1.2 key demo rating. FOX was third in the demo and a distant fourth overall with "Raising Hope" (4.11 million viewers and a 1.8 key demo) and "Ben and Kate" (3.33 million and a 1.5 key demo). On The CW, "Hart of Dixie" averaged 1.16 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" averaged 15.1 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49 to win the 9 p.m. hour in both measures. ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" was a strong second overall with 13.18 million viewers, but a weak fourth with a 2.1 key demo rating. There was a big drop to NBC's third place comedy block of "Go On" (6.95 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating) and "The New Normal" (4.96 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo), though both comedies were way up from that week. FOX was fourth with "New Girl" (4.99 million viewers and a 2.7 key demo) and "The Mindy Project" (3.57 million and a 1.9 key demo). On The CW, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" averaged 566,000 viewers and a 0.2 key demo rating. [For an original, those "Dr. Horrible" numbers would be "L.A. Complex"-esque and even lower than last night's dismal "Gossip Girl" premiere. For a web-series that's been available for four years, standards are obviously different, so spin as you choose.]
10 p.m. - "Vegas" completed CBS' overall sweep with 11.78 million viewers and tied for first with a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Private Practice" was second with 6.05 million viewers and third with a 1.6 key demo rating. NBC's "Parenthood" averaged 4.99 million viewers and tied for the hour lead with a 2.0 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.
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.