'Dancing' shimmies into second place
Fueled by a Gwyneth Paltrow appearance on “Glee,” Fox won the ratings race Tuesday night but CBS scored the most viewers. Of the four most-watched shows of the night, three were broadcast by the Eye.
“Glee” (4.9 rating/14 share in the 18-49 demo, 11.6 million viewers overall) was a notch better than a week ago. “Raising Hope” (2.7/7, 6.1m) was flat at 9 p.m. as the network gave the sitcom double duty a half-hour later with a repeat airing of a previous episode. Move was made after Fox pulled struggling laffer “Running Wilde,” which has been a ratings disappointment. The show is off the air for the month and its future doesn’t look promising.
CBS’ “NCIS” (3.9/11, 19.4m) attracted more eyeballs than any other program, and all season long has acted as a strong lead-in for spinoff “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.3/9, 15.7m). At 10 p.m., “The Good Wife” (2.2/6, 11.7m) continues to receive excellent critical support but its numbers have waned, hitting season lows in total viewers and tying with worst-of-the-season demos. That being said, the show did win the hour and was even more dominant in the 25-54 demo.
In a move that could’ve brought younger viewers to the skein, Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” star Miranda Cosgrove had a guest star appearance, but “The Good Wife” still wasn’t able to defeat “Parenthood” in the 18-34 demo.
NBC, which edged ABC for third place, saw a slight uptick for two-hour “The Biggest Loser” (2.5/7, 6.8m), leading into “Parenthood.” Peacock’s family drama is moving to Mondays next year in a midseason move as “Law & Order: Los Angeles” travels to Tuesday to tackle CBS’ “The Good Wife” and ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7” (assuming those nets don’t make any counter moves).
“Parenthood” (1.8/5, 4.8m) fell 14% from last week and suffered season lows in the demos a week after hitting a season high in total viewers.
At the Alphabet, ratings are slipping on “No Ordinary Family” (1.7/5, 6.6m), which fell a whopping 23% from last Tuesday in reaching season lows. Michael Chiklis drama that debuted well enough in September to earn it a full-season has been on a slide, but, in its defense, is facing very stiff 8 o’clock competition. If ABC decided to move the skein, there’s certainly no evidence that a new show — or an existing one shifted to that timeslot — would fare any better.
“Dancing With the Stars” results show (3.3/9, 17.2m) had a small bump in total viewers from last week and was the second most-watched show of the night after “NCIS.” “Detroit 1-8-7” (1.8/5, 8.3m) scored identical 18-49 demos to “Parenthood,” but was far superior in total viewers.
“One Tree Hill” (0.9/3, 1.9m) drew the most viewers since Oct. 5 for the CW, while “Life Unexpected” (0.6/2, 1.3m) was on par with previous episodes.
Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.6/10; CBS, 3.1/9; NBC, 2.3/6; ABC, 2.2/6; Univision, 1.7/4; CW, 0.8/2.
In total viewers: CBS, 15.6 million; ABC, 10.7 million; Fox, 8.3 million; NBC, 6.1 million; Univision, 4 million; CW, 1.6 million.