ABC's 'Body' on rise; CW's 'Ringer' drops

The third Tuesday of the new season looked a lot like the first two, with CBS vet ”NCIS” steamrolling the competition in the opening hour and Fox’s ”New Girl” shining at 9 o’clock and standing as the night’s top show among young adults.

Fox prevailed for a third straight Tuesday in adults 18-49, while CBS ruled among adults 25-54 and total viewers.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, CBS opened the night a winner with ”NCIS” (4.1 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, 18.9 million viewers overall), down slightly week to week but winning its hour in 18-49 and again Tuesday’s top dog in both 25-54 (5.4/14) and total viewers. The net then fell off some at 9 p.m. with ”NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.4/8 in 18-49, 14.7 million viewers overall), second in 18-49 and first in 25-54, and some more at 10 p.m. with rookie ”Unforgettable” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall), which again led its hour but dipped another tick in 18-49.

At Fox, ”Glee” (3.5/10 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) ranked second in 18-49 for the 8 o’clock hour, down a bit from last week, but comedy ”New Girl” again built on its lead-in to win at 9 o’clock among young adults (4.3/11 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall); though down slightly from last week, the Zooey Deschanel-fronted comedy was again Tuesday’s No. 1 show in 18-49 and was especially dominant in 18-34 (4.9/14). And at 9:30 p.m., ”Raising Hope” held steady (2.9/7 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall), tying for second in 18-49.

ABC opened with a ”Dancing With the Stars” special (1.7/5 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall), followed by the ”Dancing” results show at 9 (2.8/7 in 18-49, 14.8 million viewers overall), which was roughly on par with last week. And at 10, ”Body of Proof” edged up (2.1/5 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall) in a competitive timeslot, rising above the net’s showing in the hour last year with ”Detroit 1-8-7.”

Tuesday remains an OK but hardly spectacular night for NBC, as ”The Biggest Loser” dipped further (2.0/5 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) and ”Parenthood” also was down a bit (2.0/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), though it remained within 1 share of the 18-49 lead.

At CW, new Sarah Michelle Gellar drama ”Ringer” dropped off week to week (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall), as did its ”90210” lead-in (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall). In CW’s target demo of adults 18-34, ”Ringer” managed a 0.6 out of a 0.8 for ”90210.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.6/9; CBS, 3.3/9; ABC, 2.2/6; NBC, 2.0/5; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.0 million; ABC, 11.4 million; Fox, 7.9 million; NBC, 5.4 million; Univision, 3.3 million; CW, 1.4 million.

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