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Fox’s ‘Traffic’ stuck at start

'Glee,' 'NCIS' top Tuesday in key demos

While Fox and CBS split Tuesday’s ratings race in key categories — behind top shows “Glee” and “NCIS,” respectively — the night saw a sluggish start for Fox comedy “Traffic Light.”

Fox is keen on making Tuesday its weeknight home for comedy but the net is only halfway there. While “Glee” followed its post-Super Bowl outing with a winning performance in the 8 o’clock hour (4.5 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall), first-year half-hour “Raising Hope” continues to post only so-so numbers in the 9 p.m. slot behind it (a 2.8/8 in 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers overall on Tuesday). And the net then fell rather sharply from there with the debut of “Traffic Light” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), which barely held off ABC’s “V” for third place among adults 18-49 in the 9:30 half-hour; the couples comedy adapted from an Israeli series did, however, outperform the low-rated average of “Running Wilde” in the same timeslot earlier this season by 19% in 18-49.

Despite the softness in the 9 o’clock hour, Fox still edged out CBS for the night in adults 18-49. For its part, “Glee” didn’t see any real post-Super Bowl bounce, edging up a tick vs. its most recent Tuesday original from December.

CBS, which beat Fox head to head in 18-49 from 8 to 10 p.m. and led all networks in primetime in both adults 25-54 (4.7/12) and total viewers (16.4 million), was pace by another strong outing by “NCIS” (4.2/12 in 18-49, 20.3 million viewers overall), which topped 20 million viewers for a fourth straight firstrun telecast and again figures to stand as the week’s most-watched scripted program. It was followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 17.1 million viewers overall), which led its hour in all key categories, and “The Good Wife” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall), which was the broadcast leader at 10.

NBC remained solid on the night, but slipped week to week, with its combo of a two-hour “The Biggest Loser” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) and 10 p.m. drama “Parenthood” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall). “Loser” finished just a tick out of the 18-49 lead in its final half-hour, while “Parenthood” was a couple of ticks behind “Good Wife” in its closing half-hour. For the season, both 10 p.m. dramas are averaging a 3.0 rating in 18-49 when all same-week DVR playback is included, with “Parenthood” averaging a 2.1 in same-night results and “Good Wife” a 2.3.

ABC continues to struggle on the night with “No Ordinary Family” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), “V” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and “Detroit 1-8-7” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall), though the latter two were up a tad week to week.

And CW isn’t much of a factor with its dramas “One Tree Hill” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) and “Hellcats” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.4/9; CBS, 3.3/9; NBC, 2.6/7; ABC and Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.7/2. In total viewers: CBS, 16.4 million; Fox, 8.6 million; NBC, 7.3 million; ABC, 5.4 million; Univision, 3.9 million; CW, 1.7 million.

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