'Good Wife' hits all-time audience high

CBS won every primetime slot for the second consecutive night Tuesday among adults 18-49, drawing virtually the same number of viewers overall as the other four major broadcast networks combined.

An all-time audience high for freshman series “The Good Wife,” plus nearly 40 million combined viewers for the network’s “NCIS”-“NCIS: Los Angeles combo, buoyed the Eye.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “NCIS” (4.3 rating/13 share in 18-49, 20.5 million viewers overall) dominated an 8 p.m. timeslot that also featured Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” (2.3/7, 6.3 million) in its final competition week.

“NCIS” helped supress the numbers for the first half of NBC’s two-hour “The Sing-Off” (2.6/7, 6.9 million), which earned a 2.3/7 from 8-9 p.m. Even so, “Sing-Off” improved 13 percent among adults 18-49 compared with its Monday debut.

ABC repeated “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (2.3/7, 6.6 million) at 8 p.m., while the CW ran its third rerun of “The Vampire Diaries” (0.6/2, 1.4 million) this week.

At 9 p.m., “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.6/10, 17.4 million) bested “Sing-Off” (2.8/8, 7.4 million in its second hour), Fox special “Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live” (1.7/5, 4.0 million), ABC’s comedy combo of “Scrubs” (1.8/5, 4.3 million) and “Better off Ted” (1.3/3, 3.2 million), and another “Vampire Diaries” (0.6/2, 1.4 million).

The 10 p.m. hour was all good for “Good Wife” (2.8/8, 14.1 million), with NBC’s “The Jay Leno Show” (1.8/5, 5.2 million) the timeslot’s runner-up ahead of ABC’s repeat airing of “The Forgotten” (1.0/3, 3.3 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS 3.6/10, NBC 2.3/7, Fox 2.0/6, ABC 1.6/5, Univision 1.4/4, CW 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS 17.3 million, NBC 6.3 million, Fox 5.2 million, ABC 4.5 million, Univision 3.6 million, CW 1.3 million.

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