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Auds still in tune with ‘Glee’

Musical dramedy gave Fox a narrow win over CBS

Although “Glee” fell 24% from its Britney Spears-fueled episode of a week ago, the musical dramedy was the No. 1 show Tuesday night and gave Fox a narrow win over CBS.

“Glee,” which tackled religion when one of the main character’s father suffers a major illness, was clearly the evening’s top show in the 18-49 demo with a 4.5 rating/13 share and 10.9 million overall viewers. That was good enough to defeat the night’s second-best program, the Eye’s “NCIS”( 3.7/11), which lost in the demo race but was the most-watched show of the night as 19.4 million tuned in.

Even though it came in third at 8 o’clock, drop-off for Michael Chiklis starrer “No Ordinary Family” (2.6/8, 8.9m) wasn’t extraordinary. It’s 3.2/9 week-ago debut means the skein fell only 19% without any lead-in and against very tough competition.

NBC offered a two-hour edition of “The Biggest Loser” (2.5/7, 6.8m) from 8-10, and the reality stalwart fell off slightly from a week ago and looks to be continually slipping.

At 9 o’clock, “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.4/9, 16.1m) fell only minimally from its mothership lead-in and won the hour over ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (3.2/9, 16.4m), though the results show edged the procedural for total viewers.

Fox sitcom “Raising Hope” (2.6/7, 6.2m) was hurt by the lower “Glee” numbers compared to a week ago and fell 16%, but looks to be a solid player for the half-hour as its the only laffer against drama and reality skeins. “Running Wilde” (1.8/5, 4m) dropped slightly but it’s so-so demo and weak total audience may prove difficult to improve.

CBS’ “The Good Wife” (2.5/7, 6.8m) won the 10 o’clock hour with similar results from a week ago and drew more than 4 million viewers than the Alphabet’s cop show “Detroit 1-8-7” (1.8/5, 8.2m), which is doing OK. Yet teamed with “No Ordinary Family” and “Dancing With the Stars,” the show could settle in this timeslot for a while as the net has seen improvement from a year ago.

“Parenthood” (2.0/6, 5.1m) eventually overtook “The Good Wife” in the demo last year after its midseason start, but is off to a not-so-great start for NBC. However, the show has seen significant traction with DVR usage and usually receives significant ratings uptick with those latter figures are added in.

At the CW, net saw “Life Unexpected” reach a season high in women 18-34 (1.6/4), up 45% from a week ago. Both “Life Unexpected” and “One Tree Hill” were up in total viewers as well.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.3/9, CBS, 3.2/9; ABC, 2.5/7; Univision, 1.6/5; CW, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 16.1 million; ABC, 11.2 million; Fox, 8 million; NBC, 6.2 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 1.7 million.

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