Fox’s “Glee” and CBS’ “NCIS” were the standout performers on the final Tuesday of October, leading their respective nets to victory in key demo categories. Of note at ABC was the continued decline of “No Ordinary Family” but more gradual growth for “Detroit 1-8-7.”
According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, the Halloween-themed episode of “Glee” averaged a 4.8 rating/13 share in adults 18-49 and 11.5 million viewers overall in dominating the 8 o’clock hour in all under-50 categories and standing as the night’s No. 1 show in 18-49; it was up a tad over its last original episode two weeks ago. It was followed by first-year comedy “Raising Hope” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), up slightly vs. its last original, and a second original episode of the show at 9:30 (2.3/6 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall).
At CBS, “NCIS” continues to hum along in its eighth season (4.1/11 in 18-49, 19.9 million viewers overall), down slightly in demos but still the hour and night’s No. 1 show in both adults 25-54 (5.6/14) and total viewers; in overall audience, it had its best showing since January, and the drama figures to move north of 20 million viewers when same-night nationals are released later today. It was followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 16.0 million viewers overall) and “The Good Wife” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall), both of which led their hours in demos despite week-to-week declines. For the night, CBS ranked second to Fox in 18-49 while winning in adults 25-54 and dominating in total viewers.
ABC opened the night with more declines for rookie drama “No Ordinary Family” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall), which looked promising when it bowed five weeks ago but has dropped off with each week. The net picked up at 9 p.m. with the “Dancing With the Stars Results” show (3.0/8 in 18-49, 15.5 million viewers overall), down slightly week to week, and then dropped back down at 10 p.m. with “Detroit 1-8-7” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), which remains a fairly modest performer but appears headed for a second straight week of growth.
At NBC, “The Biggest Loser” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) continues to significantly underperform relative to recent seasons, leading into 10 p.m. sophomore drama “Parenthood” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), which was in line with its recent modest results. “Parenthood” has proven to be an especially big draw in DVR playback this season, and that may be partly due to the fact that its lead-in isn’t providing as many live viewers as when they were paired last spring.
CW aired repeats of “One Tree Hill” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) and “Life Unexpected” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall).
Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.7/10; CBS, 3.3/9; ABC, 2.4/6; NBC, 2.3/6; Univision, 1.9/5; CW, 0.5/1.
In total viewers: CBS, 16.1 million; ABC, 10.6 million; Fox, 8.7 million; NBC, 6.1 million; Univision, 4.4 million; CW, 1.1 million.