Superhero drama performs well despite dropoff in second week

ABC’s “No Ordinary Family” dropped off in its second week but still appears to be ABC’s best new fall find.

Most other Big Four shows declined in their second and third weeks Tuesday, with Fox’s “Glee” remaining the top draw in demos (4.6 rating/13 share in 18-49, 11.20 million viewers overall) despite dropping more than 20% from its Britney Spears-fueled series-high score of last week. CBS’ “NCIS” (3.8/11, 19.81m) finished on top in both 25-54 (5.3/14, beating “Glee” for the first time) and total viewers.

Fox edged past CBS for the night in 18-49 and also won among women, while CBS carried adults 25-54, men and total viewers.

For ABC, “No Ordinary Family” — airing at 8 p.m. opposite both “Glee” and “NCIS” — averaged a 2.7/8 in 18-49 and 8.99 million viewers overall, declining by 16% from its premiere and placing third in its timeslot. Despite the dropoff, it gave ABC big slot gains over last year’s “Shark Tank” (1.5 in 18-49) and appears to be the net’s second strongest 8 o’clock program of the week (behind Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars”).

Not working as well for the Alphabet is new 10 p.m. drama “Detroit 1-8-7″ (1.7/5 in 18-49, 7.83m), whose third seg tumbled 19% and ranked third among the hour’s broadcast dramas in 18-49 while running fourth (behind FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” as well) in men 18-49. ABC fared a bit better in this same hour a year ago with “The Forgotten.”

ABC’s top show on Tuesday remains the “Dancing With the Stars” results show (3.3/98, 16.70m), which was down week to week but up vs. last year.

Following “Glee” on Fox, “Raising Hope” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 6.18m) declined by a smaller amount (19%) than its “Glee” lead-in (22%), and “Running Wilde” dropped another 11% to rank a distant fourth among the major nets at 9:30.

At CBS, “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.4/9, 16.15m) was neck and neck with ABC’s “Dancing” in the 9 o’clock hour, and “The Good Wife” (2.5/7, 12.76m) led at 10 p.m. and matched its second-season preem score of last week.

NBC has to be worried about its “Biggest Loser” (2.5/7, 6.84m), which shed more than 40% of its demo delivery of the same night a year ago. At 10, “Parenthood” (2.1/6, 5.16m) was up a tick week to week, placing second in 18-49 and matching last year’s “The Jay Leno Show.”

CW held fairly steady in broad categories with “One Tree Hill” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 1.97m) and “Life Unexpected” (0.7/2, 1.51m), as both were up in adults 18-34 vs. last week, when they faced the big “Glee” episode.

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