CBS, NBC top Tuesday night with drama, reality

On a night when baseball preempted Fox’s reality programming, ratings for each of its rivals were on the rise Tuesday. CBS won in key demos behind its hot “NCIS” duo, while NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” set season highs. ABC also saw highs with its unscripted combo of “Shark Tank” and “Dancing With the Stars.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS opened the night in dominating fashion thanks to “NCIS” (4.7 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, 20.6 million viewers overall) and then ran first or second in most categories at 9 p.m. with “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.9/10 in 18-49, 16.5 million viewers overall), which had its best showing in three weeks. Closing things out was fellow rookie drama “The Good Wife” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 12.9 million viewers overall), which was on par with last week and placed second to baseball in demos while winning its hour in total viewers.

CBS has now won four of the season’s first five Tuesdays in adults 18-49, and has yet to be beaten on the night this fall in either adults 25-54 or total viewers.

NBC’s two-hour “Biggest Loser” (3.9/10 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) delivered its best numbers since the conclusion of the show’s most recent cycle last May — winning the 9 o’clock hour among young adults and surging roughly 30% above its performance on the same night a year ago. Despite the growth from 8 to 10 p.m., “The Jay Leno Show” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) didn’t pick up any new viewers and placed fourth in the 10 o’clock hour.

At ABC, “Shark Tank” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) remained fourth at 8 p.m. but hit a series high in its finale, rising nearly 20% week to week. That led into improved ratings for the “Dancing With the Stars Results” show (3.2/8 in 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall), which also hit a season high, but 10 p.m. drama “The Forgotten” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) could not take advantage of its stronger lead-in.

At Fox, Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels averaged a 3.0 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers on the network’s affiliates from 8 to 11 p.m., with these averages expected to rise a bit in the nationals. Fox should finish second or third on the night in most categories, and the game is expected to rate as the net’s best delivery for a LCS game in two years.

CW’s “90210” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) and “Melrose Place” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) were in line with last week’s demo deliveries while rising a bit in total viewers.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.8/10; NBC, 3.2/9; Fox, 3.0/8; ABC, 2.3/6; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 16.7 million; Fox, 9.5 million; ABC, 9.4 million; NBC, 8.3 million; Univision, 3.9 million; CW, 1.9 million.

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