CBS wins night behind top procedural players

UPDATE: In nationals released Thursday by Nielsen, Fox’s “Glee” edged up to a 4.4 rating in adults 18-49, earning a share of the lead in Tuesday’s opening hour. In same-week DVR playback this season, “Glee” has boosted its rating by 1.2 ratings points, while “NCIS” has risen on average by 0.9.

For the first time, CBS’ procedural powerhouse “NCIS” defeated Fox’s “Glee” in the 18-49 demo to propel a winning Eye in the Tuesday night ratings race.

The Mark Harmon skein earned a 4.4 rating/12 share in the 18-49 demo, up a healthy 22% from a week ago. “NCIS” drew 21.2 million total viewers, an increase of 10%.

“Glee” (4.3/12, 10.5m) was just a notch above last week’s demo and flat in total viewers. It was, however, the top show in 18-34.

Elsewhere at 8 o’clock, neither the first hour of “The Biggest Loser” nor “No Ordinary Family” could come anywhere near the attention paid to “NCIS” and “Glee.” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” scored a 2.4/7 and 6.6 million viewers from 8-9 p.m., while ABC’s “Family” registered a 1.4/4, 4.7 million viewers.

CBS showed no mercy at 9 o’clock, either. Spinoff “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.9/10, 18.5m) was the second most watched show of the night while “The Biggest Loser” jumped up to a 3.1/8, 8.3 million viewers in hour No. 2. ABC’s “V” was a nonfactor, registering 1.9/5, 5.1 million viewers.

While Fox might have been disappointed that “Glee” was kicked out of the top demo spot, the network’s two comedies both saw week-to-week gains. “Raising Hope” (2.5/7, 6.2m) was up 14% in the demo and “Traffic Light” (1.7/4, 4m) improved by 21% in the demo and 17% in total viewers.

At 10 p.m., NBC’s “Parenthood” was best. Family drama scored a 2.1/6, 5.4m, and while CBS’ “The Good Wife” (1.9/5) hit a series low and couldn’t match the Peacock’s demo, the Juliana Margulies starrer was dominant in total viewers (11.5 million).

At the CW, “One Tree Hill” (0.9/3, 1.9m) was up 25% in both women 18-34 (1.5/5) and total viewers from a week ago. “Hellcats” (0.6/2, 1.6) was up 6% in total viewers.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.4/9; Fox, 3.2/9; NBC, 2.5/7; Univision, 1.6/4; ABC, 1.5/4; CW, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 17.1 million; Fox, 7.8 million; NBC, 6.8 million; ABC, 4.6 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 1.8 million

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