CBS wins slow Tuesday night

'NCIS' rerun is top-rated program of evening

On a dawdling Tuesday night when Fox aired the suitably titled film “The Benchwarmers,” CBS was the most-watched network in primetime in the 18-49 demo and among viewers overall.

CBS had the top-rated program of the evening with a rerun of “NCIS” (2.4 rating/7 share and 12.9 million viewers overall), according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

Though “The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors,” featuring Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen, came in softer (1.6/5, 9.6 million), it was the tops from 9 to 10 p.m. ABC’s “20/20” special (2.2/6, 7.9 million) focusing on the popular movie “The Blind Side,” topped “Kennedy” from 10 to 11.

“Benchwarmers” (1.5/4, 3.6 million) finished in second place in all four halfhours in 18-49, and was in first place in the 18-34 demo.

NBC aired a quartet of “Parks and Recreation” reruns, each drawing a 0.9 rating and approximately three million viewers while finishing fourth in their timeslots. Going head-to-head against a firstrun episode of ABC’s “Better Off Ted” at 9:30 p.m., “Parks” finished in a virtual tie.

“The Jay Leno Show” (0.9/3, 3.0 million) performed similarly for NBC at 10 p.m.

“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” (1.3/4, 4.2 million) on ABC unsurprisingly led the way among 8 p.m. shows in the kids 2-11 demo.

The CW’s repeat of “90210” (0.5/1, 1.4 million) at 8 p.m. looked strong only in comparison to 9 p.m. sibling “Melrose Place” (0.3/1, 0.8 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS 1.9/5, ABC 1.5/4, Fox 1.5/4, Univision 1.4/4, NBC 0.9/3, CW 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS 10.7 million, ABC 5.0 million, Fox 3.6 million, Univision 3.6 million, NBC 2.9 million, CW 0.9 million.

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