You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

CBS wins Tuesday primetime

NBC, ABC round out top three

CBS won or tied for first in all three primetime hours Tuesday, cruising to an easy victory in adults 18-49 and overall viewers.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS’ “NCIS” (4.1 rating/11 share in 18-49, 21.0 million viewers overall) corralled more viewers at 8 p.m. than the programming on the other four broadcast networks combined.

The race drew closer at 9 p.m., but “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.3/9, 17.3 million) still edged the second hour of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” in the demo and doubled it in overall viewership. “Biggest Loser” drew 2.9/8, 8.2 million over its two hours, including 3.1/8, 8.6 million from 9 p.m. to 10.

NBC then tied CBS in 18-49 at 10 p.m. with “Parenthood” (2.1/6, 5.6 million), but still trailed the Eye’s “The Good Wife” (2.1/6, 11.3 million) significantly in overall audience.

ABC finished third in all three hours with “No Ordinary Family” (1.8/5, 5.7 million), “V” (2.0/5, 5.7 million) and a special edition of “20/20” (1.3/4, 6.2 million) featuring an interview with astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of shooting victim Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Fox was in fourth place over its two hours with a repeat of “Glee” (1.4/4, 4.4 million) and a new episode of “Million Dollar Money Drop” (1.9/5, 5.3 million).

The two-part season (and quite possibly series) finale of “Life Unexpected” (0.8/2, 1.8 million over two hours) was the skein’s most-watched of the season.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS 3.2/9, NBC 2.6/7, ABC 1.7/5, Fox 1.7/5, Univision 1.4/4, CW 0.8/2.

In total viewers: CBS 16.5 million, NBC 7.3 million, ABC 5.8 million, Fox 4.8 million, Univision 3.6 million, CW 1.8 million.

More TV

  • Outlander

    'Outlander' Recap: 'A. Malcolm' Celebrates Claire and Jamie's Reunion

    CBS won or tied for first in all three primetime hours Tuesday, cruising to an easy victory in adults 18-49 and overall viewers. According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS’ “NCIS” (4.1 rating/11 share in 18-49, 21.0 million viewers overall) corralled more viewers at 8 p.m. than the programming on the other four broadcast networks […]

  • Doctor Who

    Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Gets a Male Companion with New 'Doctor Who' Castings

    CBS won or tied for first in all three primetime hours Tuesday, cruising to an easy victory in adults 18-49 and overall viewers. According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS’ “NCIS” (4.1 rating/11 share in 18-49, 21.0 million viewers overall) corralled more viewers at 8 p.m. than the programming on the other four broadcast networks […]

  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

    'Dirk Gently' Star Samuel Barnett on High Fantasy and Season 2

    CBS won or tied for first in all three primetime hours Tuesday, cruising to an easy victory in adults 18-49 and overall viewers. According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS’ “NCIS” (4.1 rating/11 share in 18-49, 21.0 million viewers overall) corralled more viewers at 8 p.m. than the programming on the other four broadcast networks […]

  • Disney-ABC TV Chief on Weinstein's Victims,

    Disney-ABC TV Chief Ben Sherwood on Weinstein's Victims, Shonda Rhimes' Exit

    CBS won or tied for first in all three primetime hours Tuesday, cruising to an easy victory in adults 18-49 and overall viewers. According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS’ “NCIS” (4.1 rating/11 share in 18-49, 21.0 million viewers overall) corralled more viewers at 8 p.m. than the programming on the other four broadcast networks […]

  • Bill OReilly Roger Ailes Sexual Harrassment

    Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes Still Loom Over Fox's Business (Analysis)

    CBS won or tied for first in all three primetime hours Tuesday, cruising to an easy victory in adults 18-49 and overall viewers. According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS’ “NCIS” (4.1 rating/11 share in 18-49, 21.0 million viewers overall) corralled more viewers at 8 p.m. than the programming on the other four broadcast networks […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content