But CBS' 'NCIS' opens gap on 'Glee' in 8 p.m. hour

Fox’s Tuesday lineup appears to have a new leader, as rookie comedy “New Girl” held up very well in its second outing even as the net’s “Glee” continues to soften.

Also on the night, CBS crime drama “Unforgettable” dropped in its second outing but still led its hour across the board.

Looking at the Nielsens for Tuesday, “New Girl” averaged a 4.5 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 9.28 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock timeslot — down just 6% in the demo vs. its strong premiere and standing as the night’s No. 1 show in the category.

This is all the more impressive considering Fox’s leadoff show “Glee” (3.7/10 in 18-49, 8.60m) was down 8% week to week and off a big 37% from the same night a year ago when it had one of its best showings. “New Girl” built on “Glee” by 22% in 18-49 (up from 20% in premiere week) and by 33% in women 18-34 (5.3 vs. 4.0).

Also for Fox, “Raising Hope” (2.9/7, 6.14m) held about the same percentage of its “New Girl” lead-in as last week.

At CBS, the “NCIS” juggernaut kept rolling along (4.2/12 in 18-49, 19.51m), about on par with its season premiere and up a tick vs. its perf in the second week of last season; it beat Fox’s “Glee” by 2 shares in adults 18-49 (compared with last year when the Fox show led by 5 shares) and was the night’s No. 1 show in 25-54 (5.7/15) and total viewers. “NCIS: Los Angeles” held steady at 9 (3.6/9 in 18-49, 16.27m) and 10 p.m. rookie “Unforgettable” (2.5/7, 12.43m) dropped 14% from its solid premiere but still won its hour and matched the demo delivery of “The Good Wife” in the slot a year ago.

ABC was down week to week both at 8 p.m. with its “Dancing With the Stars” special (1.9/5 in 18-49, 9.49m) and at 10 p.m. with “Body of Proof” (1.8/5, 9.19m), which came in below last year’s second week of “Detroit 1-8-7.” In between, the “Dancing With the Stars” results show (2.9/7, 14.39m) was flat vs. last week but off 24% from last year.

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” continued its quiet start to the season (2.3/6 in 18-49, 5.87m), down 15% from last year, but leadout drama “Parenthood” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 5.53m) managed to top its delivery both of last week and the second week of last season.

One week after the Big Four premieres made life difficult for the CW, its “90210” was on the upswing (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.58m), with its biggest gains coming among women 18-34 (to a 1.8 rating from 1.1 last week). And at 9, “Ringer” (0.9/2, 1.98m) held steady in most categories.

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