Reality show, 'NCIS' top night; Obama scores for Leno

Fox led primetime among young adults Tuesday as a special, 150-minute edition of ”The X Factor” produced the show’s best numbers since its bow last month. CBS held strong with its ”NCIS” combo, as both dramas grew week to week.

Also of note, a visit by President Obama led to the highest overnight score for a Tuesday edition of NBC’s ”The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” since March 2010.

For a second straight week, ”The X Factor” shifted to Tuesday in a week when the World Series was scheduled for its two regular nights, and an expanded episode averaged a strong 4.3 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 11.8 million viewers overall from 8 to 10:30. It was up about 10% from last week’s two-hour episode and is expected to match the show’s premiere demo score of 4.4 when the same-day nationals are released by Nielsen later today. ”X Factor” won its final three half-hours in all key demos, peaking with a 4.9/13 in 18-49 from 10 to 10:30, which certainly helped its program average. Fox led the night in 18-49 and 25-54.

CBS, second on the night in demos and first in total viewers, saw both ”NCIS” (4.0/11 in 18-49, 19.0 million viewers overall) and ”NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.7/9 in 18-49, 15.9 million viewers overall) post week-to-week gains, with the original rising 2% from last week, beating ”X Factor” in 18-49 and 25-54 while standing as the night’s most-watched program overall. ”NCIS: Los Angeles,” facing reality shows on ABC, NBC and Fox, was up 9% in 18-49. And holding steady at 10 p.m. was rookie drama ”Unforgettable” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall), which CBS has picked up for the rest of the season.

At ABC, Tim Allen comedy ”Last Man Standing” dipped a bit more in its third outing (2.8/8 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) but is still at a good number for the net in the timeslot. The Alphabet again lost 3 share points, though, at 8:30 p.m. with ”Man Up” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), which was down about 20% week to week. The half-hours were followed by the ”Dancing With the Stars” results show (2.5/6 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall) and ”Body of Proof” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall), both in line with last week.

NBC’s ”The Biggest Loser” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) maintained its week-ago rating, and was followed by a special repeat of first-year drama ”Prime Suspect” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), which the net is trying to expose to a larger audience by airing multiple airings of the show this week. And at 11:35 p.m., President Obama’s appearance on ”The Tonight Show” generated a 4.1 household rating/11 share in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets , the best for the show in 19 months. In the same latenight hour, CBS’ ”Late Show With David Letterman” did d 2.7/7 in the overnights, and ABC’s 25-minute ”Nightline” earned a 3.6/9, followed by a 1.8/6 for ”Jimmy Kimmel Live” at midnight.

CW aired repeats of ”Ringer” at both 8 (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and at its regular time at 9 (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.3/11; CBS, 3.4/9; ABC, 2.3/6; NBC, 1.6/4; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.4 million; Fox, 11.8 million; ABC, 10.6 million; NBC, 4.6 million; Univision, 3.3 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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