Tim Allen show solid; 'NCIS,' 'X Factor' top night

ABC’s Tim Allen comedy “Last Man Standing” held up well in its second outing Tuesday, while it was a so-so start for the show bowing behind it, “Man Up.”

A special off-night edition of “The X Factor” kept Fox on top of Tuesday among young adults — and impacted the reality series airing opposite it — while CBS prevailed in its target demo.

At ABC, “Last Man Standing” (3.1 rating/9 share in 18-49, 10.34 million viewers overall) held 91% of its 18-49 preem score in the 8 p.m. half-hour, placing third in 18-49 but again providing significant time-period gains.

It was followed by the debut of “Man Up” (2.4/6, 7.78m), which did OK — though networks typically like to see better retention for a new 8:30 half-hour due to higher television usage at that time. It was up slightly over ABC’s perf at 8:30 on the same night a year ago.

ABC is hoping to establish a second night of comedy after faring well on Wednesday with its “Modern Family”-led lineup. Waiting in the bullpen are returnee “Cougar Town” and newbies “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23″ and “Work It.”

Elsewhere, “X Factor” (3.9/10, 10.39m) lifted Fox to 18-49 supremacy for the fourth time in five Tuesdays this season. Opposite it, NBC’s two-hour “The Biggest Loser” (1.9/5, 5.17m) and ABC’s 9 p.m. “Dancing With the Stars” results show (2.6/6, 13.80m) dropped week to week.

CBS, the leader in 25-54 and total viewers, ruled at 8 with “NCIS” (3.9/11 in 18-49, 19.41m), which tied “X Factor” as the No. 1 show in 18-49 while ruling as top dog in both 25-54 (5.4/13) and total viewers. While the original was down a tick week to week, “NCIS: Los Angeles” edged up (3.4/8, 15.35m), placing second in demos to “X Factor.”

At 10 p.m., CBS rookie “Unforgettable” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 11.88m) showed its first week-to-week 18-49 gains and was off just slightly from “The Good Wife” in the hour last year. It won over NBC’s “Parenthood” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 5.04m), flat week to week, and ABC’s “Body of Proof” (1.9/5, 9.27m), up a tick despite a softer lead-in.

At CW, “Ringer” edged up in both 18-49 (to 0.8/2) and total viewers (to 1.81 million).

FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” remains hot (2.0/5 in 18-49, 3.65m), rising week to week. It edged past ABC’s “Body” in 18-49 while ruling as the top 10 p.m. drama in adults 18-34 (1.9/6).

Meanwhile, interest continues to run high early this election cycle, with Tuesday’s GOP debate on CNN drawing 5.5 million viewers. This makes it the second highest of the season (behind Fox News Channel’s Sept. 22 debate, which drew 6.1 million).

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