NBC a solid second with 'Biggest Loser'

CBS remained on top of the Tuesday ratings race this week even though its dramas cooled a bit from their scorching start to the season. NBC ran a solid second in demos thanks to “The Biggest Loser.”

Ratings for shows early in the evening, meanwhile, may have been impacted by the finish of the extra-inning Major League Baseball playoff tiebreaker game between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers. Action on TBS started at 5 p.m. ET but didn’t conclude until about 9:30.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, ”NCIS” dominated the evening’s opening hour (4.2 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, 19.8 million viewers overall), down a bit from the first two weeks of the season but stil up over last year. It was a tight race for second in 18-49 between the first hour of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” (3.3/9) and Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall), with the latter up vs. last week in advance of next week’s season-ender. ABC’s “Shark Tank” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall), two weeks from its finale, remained deep in fourth place (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall), flat week to week.

At 9, NBC’s “Biggest Loser” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall for its two hours) moved ahead for the first time in the 18-49 demo over CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.6/9 in 18-49, 16.1 million viewers overall), winning head-to-head by a 3.9 to 3.6 score; the Eye drama remained on top for its hour in 25-54 and total viewers though it declined by about 12% week to week in 18-49. And it was a demo draw between hoofing hours “So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox (2.5/6 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and ”Dancing With the Stars” on ABC (2.5/6 in 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall) despite a wide gap between the two in total viewers.

CBS went back on top in all broad measures at 10 p.m. with week three of “The Good Wife” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 13.4 million viewers overall), which declined by about 9% week to week but continues to perform well. NBC’s “The Jay Leno Show” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) ran second in 18-49, edging out ABC’s “The Forgotten” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall), with both in line with the previous week.

CW’s combo of “90210” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) and “Melrose Place” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), the 8-10 p.m. block’s only scripted broadcast alternative to CBS, were slightly on the rise. If the numbers hold, it would mark the first week-to-week uptick for “Melrose.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.6/10; NBC, 3.1/8; Fox, 2.8/8; ABC, 2.0/5; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 1.0/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 16.5 million; ABC, 8.3 million; NBC, 8.1 million; Fox, 6.4 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 1.9 million.

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