Fox shows return lower; NBC lineup, 'Ringer' on rise

Fox’s Tuesday lineup returned from its baseball-dictated hiatus to lower numbers this week, as CBS swept the night’s three hours in key demos. NBC’s combo of ”The Biggest Loser” and ”Parenthood” looked better, as did CW’s rookie drama ”Ringer.”

CBS saw all three of its dramas win their hours in demos and total viewers despite week-to-week declines. ”NCIS” (3.9/11 in 18-49, 19.4 million viewers overall) easily led at 8 o’clock , by 3 shares in 18-49 and by 7 shares in adults 25-54 , and ”NCIS: Los Angeles” kept the net on top at 9 (3.4/9 in 18-49, 15.6 million viewers overall). At 10, ”Unforgettable” was on the low side (2.3/6 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall) but still led in all categories.

Fox’s ”Glee” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) and ”New Girl” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) were down nearly 20% from their last originals four weeks ago; while some declines were expected following such a delay, Fox will have its fingers crossed that the shows bounce back in coming weeks. At 9:30, ”Raising Hope” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) was down 14% from its last original. For the night, Fox ran second to CBS in adults 18-49 while remaining on top among the 12-34 crowd.

ABC’s Tim Allen comedy ”Last Man Standing” dipped some more in its fourth week (2.6/8 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall), as did lead-out ”Man Up” in its third (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall); combined, they tied NBC for third place in 18-49 for the hour. The ”Dancing With the Stars” results show followed with a week-to-week uptick (2.8/7 in 18-49, 15.2 million viewers overall), as did 10 p.m. drama ”Body of Proof” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall).

NBC’s ”The Biggest Loser” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) bounced back from last week , when it faced special competition from Fox’s ”The X Factor” , and joined 10 p.m. drama ”Parenthood” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) in matching season highs. ”Parenthood” enjoyed its most competitive position relative to CBS’ ”Unforgettable” to date, pulling into an 18-49 tie at 10:30.

At the CW, ”Ringer” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) held steady in broad categories but was up a tick vs. its most recent original episode in both adults 18-34 (0.8/2) and women 18-34 (1.2/3). Kicking off the night, ”90210” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) was in line with its previous new episode.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.2/9; Fox, 3.0/8; ABC and NBC, 2.3/6; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.4 million; ABC, 11.0 million; Fox, 7.0 million; NBC, 6.0 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 1.6 million.

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