Nets spread Tuesday wealth

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

On a night when Fox aired repeats of its dramas because there was no baseball game, the other major nets all had reason to cheer. CBS’ “NCIS,” NBC’s “My Name is Earl” and ABC’s “Commander in Chief” all led their timeslots in key categories.

NBC, which won for a fifth straight Tuesday in adults 18-49, was powered again by “My Name is Earl” (5.5 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall), which edged out the same net’s 10 o’clock drama “Law & Order: SVU” (first-place 5.2/14 in 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall) as the night’s top show in 18-49. Peacock was also on the high side at 8 with “Biggest Loser 2” (3.5/10 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and at 9:30 with “The Office” (4.1/10 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), the latter of which had its best 18-49 score in four weeks and won its slot in adults 18-34.

CBS was strong to kick off the night with “NCIS” (4.2/12 in 18-49, 17.1 million viewers overall), which approached series records in 18-49 and 25-54 while setting a new high in total viewers for a third straight week. “Amazing Race 8” (4.5/11 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall) was up week-to-week at 9, and “Close to Home” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) was on par with its previous two deliveries at 10.

ABC again lagged the leaders at 8 with comedies “According to Jim” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) and “Rodney” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) but improved sharply at 9 with “Commander in Chief” (4.3/11 in 18-49, 15.9 million viewers overall); “Chief” trailed NBC and CBS for the hour in 18-49 but placed first in both 25-54 and total viewers. At 10, “Boston Legal” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall) was on par with last week, edging out the Eye’s “Close to Home.”

Fox didn’t do much with its “Bones” repeat at 8 (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) but picked it up some at 9 with a repeat of “House” (3.0/7 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall). Both shows return with original episodes in two weeks.

And the WB’s “Gilmore Girls” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (2.2/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) both were near several season highs in 18-34 demos.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.5/12; CBS, 4.0/11; ABC, 3.5/9; WB, 2.5/6; Fox, 2.3/6; UPN, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.8 million; ABC, 11.7 million; NBC, 10.9 million; Fox, 6.3 million; WB, 5.4 million; UPN, 1.9 million.

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