Hottest shows cool off; 'Traffic' in trouble

Fox’s “Glee” and CBS’ “NCIS” both fell from their lofty ratings levels of last week, but still topped Tuesday and led their respective nets to a split of the night’s young-adult lead. Also, the future looks dim for Fox comedy “Traffic Light” after a weak second outing.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, Fox’s “Glee” dropped about 10% but remained the night’s No. 1 program in adults 18-49, averaging a 4.2 rating/12 share and drawing 10.5 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour. The net then saw its typically steep dropoff with first-year comedies “Raising Hope” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) and “Traffic Light” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall); “Traffic” retained 68% of its “Hope” lead-in among 18-49 after holding 70% with its premiere last week (1.9/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall).

CBS, which led the night outright in adults 25-54 (4.4/11) and dominated in total viewers (15.9 million), saw “NCIS” slip some (3.7/10 in 18-49, 19.5 million viewers overall) after topping a 4 demo rating and 20 million viewers overall with each of previous four firstrun episodes. From there, “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 16.8 million viewers overall) and “The Good Wife” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall) edged down week to week, with the former sweeping its hour in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers and the latter holding a narrow 18-49 lead among the Big Three networks at 10 p.m. and leading easily as usual in total viewers.

Tuesday continues to be NBC’s top-rated night, thanks to its two-hour “The Biggest Loser” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), which was down week to week but rallied to earn a share of the 18-49 lead with “NCIS: Los Angeles” in its final half-hour. And at 10, “Parenthood” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) came within a tick of the broadcast lead in 18-49.

ABC muddled through another Tuesday, with “No Ordinary Family” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) flat week to week, “V” up a tick (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and “Detroit 1-8-7” down a tick (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall). With competing shows in its timeslot down week to week, the sophomore sci-fi drama “V” looked a bit healthier, topping “Traffic Light” in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour.

CW continues to put up modest numbers on the night with vet “One Tree Hill” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall), up a smidge week to week, and rookie “Hellcats” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), which was flat.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS and Fox, 3.0/8; NBC, 2.5/7; ABC and Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.9 million; Fox, 7.5 million; NBC, 6.8 million; ABC, 5.2 million; Univision, 4.0 million; CW, 1.7 million.

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