CBS wins behind 'NCIS' duo; ABC's 'Proof' solid

Auds flocked to crime dramas on Tuesday, as CBS rolled to victory in key demos behind its ”NCIS” combo while ABC prevailed in the evening’s final hour with ”Body of Proof,” which held up well in its third week.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, ”NCIS” opened the night a big winner for CBS (3.8 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, 19.2 million viewers overall), flat with last week and again standing as the night’s top-rated program. ”NCIS: Los Angeles” followed with a strong showing (3.3/9 in 18-49, 15.3 million viewers overall), holding about 85% of its lead-in to win the hour in key demos. And at 10, ”The Good Wife” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall) was on par with last week, placing second in most key categories.

CBS won the night by 1 share in adults 18-49 and by 2 shares in adults 25-54. It also drew nearly 5 million more viewers overall than runner-up ABC.

For ABC, alternative series ”Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) opened its second season to nothing-special scores, coming in about in line with previous slot occupant ”No Ordinary Family.” It was followed by the ”Dancing With the Stars” results show (3.0/8 in 18-49, 15.5 million viewers overall), which was down vs. previous weeks and ran second for its hour in demos while edging out ”NCIS: Los Angeles” for the lead in total viewers. Closing things out was new Dana Delany drama ”Body of Proof” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall), which was on par with last week despite a softer lead-in and beat its broadcast competition for a third straight week.

At NBC, ”The Biggest Loser” was on the low side (2.6/7 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) but 10 p.m. drama ”Parenthood” edged up (2.0/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), hitting its best averages since Feb. 22.

And Fox had a quiet night with encores of ”Glee” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) and ”Raising Hope” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) followed by an original episode of ”Traffic Light” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall), which continues to sputter.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.0/8; NBC, 2.4/7; ABC, 2.3/6; Univision, 1.4/4; Fox, 1.2/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.2 million; ABC, 10.6 million; NBC, 6.5 million; Fox, 3.5 million; Univision, 3.4 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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