CBS wins night; NBC's 'Loser' on the rise

With Fox’s “Glee” still in repeat mode, CBS drama “NCIS” dominated Tuesday’s opening hour and drew a record 22.7 million viewers as the Eye carried the night in key demos.

Also on the upswing was NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and “Parenthood.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “NCIS” averaged a big 4.6 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 — up 12% in the demo from its most recent original and its best since October 2009 — while drawing the largest overall audience for any scripted telecast on any network this season. That helped propel “NCIS: Los Angeles” to season highs of its own (3.8/9 in 18-49, 17.8 million viewers overall), rising 15% in the demo vs. its most recent original. The net then saw its usual dropoff at 10 p.m. with “The Good Wife” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall), which tied for the hour’s broadcast lead in 18-49 while winning outright in 25-54 (3.2/8) and total viewers.

Runner-up NBC saw “The Biggest Loser” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) match its highest non-finale 18-49 rating since May 2010, nearly catching “NCIS: Los Angeles” for the lead at 9:30; and in total viewers, it drew the show’s largest non-finale crowd since February 2010. “Parenthood” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) followed with a slight uptick vs. its most recent original, earning an 18-49 tie with “The Good Wife” and delivering its largest overall audience since its Sept. 14 season premiere.

Fox ran a distant third on the night with a “Glee” repeat (1.7/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and the finale of gameshow “Million Dollar Money Drop” (1.8/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall).

ABC continues to struggle to find a Tuesday identity, as a repeat of “No Ordinary Family” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) was followed by low-rated original episodes of “V” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and “Detroit 1-8-7″ (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall). “V” hit a series low while “Detroit” rebounded a bit from its low set a few weeks ago.

And at CW, the wedding of Brooke and Julian boosted ratings for “One Tree Hill” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall), which hit a season high in 18-34 (1.5/5) and other demos while drawing its largest overall audience since December 2009. It didn’t have a carryover effect at 9 o’clock, though, as “Hellcats” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) was down a bit week to week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.5/9; NBC, 2.9/8; Fox, 1.7/4; Univision, 1.5/4; ABC, 1.3/3; CW, 1.0/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 17.5 million; NBC, 8.2 million; Fox and ABC, 5.0 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 2.1 million.

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