'Dancing,' 'Proof' down; CBS wins night

ABC drama ”Body of Proof” led its broadcast rivals in the 10 o’clock hour for a second straight Tuesday despite losing more than 20% of its young-adult premiere audience. Its ”Dancing With the Stars” lead-in was down even more on a night that CBS won thanks to ”NCIS.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the ”Dancing With the Stars” results show (3.1/8 in 18-49, 15.6 million viewers overall) tumbled 28% from its premiere of one week earlier (which was boosted by performances from Chris Brown) but still narrowly led the 9 o’clock hour in 18-49 and won comfortably in total viewers. Given that fall-off at 9 p.m. for ABC, the roughly 23% decline in week two for crime drama ”Body of Proof” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall) isn’t bad; ”Proof” still led its broadcast rivals in all key categories and remains a big improvement in the 10 o’clock hour over previous timeslot occupant ”Detroit 1-8-7.”

Kicking off the night for ABC was the rookie-season finale of ”No Ordinary Family” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall), which was on par with its most recent original episode and isn’t expected to return next season. Taking over the 8 o’clock hour beginning next week is the second season of ”Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

CBS vet ”NCIS” ruled as the night’s No. 1 program (3.6/11 in 18-49, 18.8 million viewers overall) despite hitting what looks to be a season low. It was followed by a repeat of ”NCIS: Los Angeles,” which put up solid numbers (2.7/7 in 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall), and an original episode of ”The Good Wife” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall), which was up a tick week to week to place second among the broadcasters in the 10 o’clock hour.

CBS swept the night in adults 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers.

NBC was status quo with ”The Biggest Loser” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and ”Parenthood” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), with the former earning a share of the 18-49 lead in its 9:30 p.m. half-hour. Fox, meanwhile, didn’t do much with repeats of ”Glee” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) and ”Raising Hope” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) and an original episode of ”Traffic Light” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.7/8; NBC, 2.4/7; ABC, 2.3/6; Univision, 1.5/4; Fox, 1.1/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.0 million; ABC, 10.8 million; NBC, 6.4 million; Univision, 4.1 million; Fox, 3.2 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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