Ratings mostly soft overall; ABC's 'Practice' hot at 10

Led by its ”NCIS” combo, CBS has captured the opening Tuesday of the May sweep in key demos while most shows elsewhere either hit or flirted with season lows. At 10, though, ABC’s ”Private Practice” looked good in winning its new timeslot for a second straight week.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS opened the night a winner with ”NCIS” (3.0 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 17.2 million viewers overall), with the drama vet coming in a bit below its most recent original and standing as the night’s No. 1 program in adults 25-54 (4.5/12) and total viewers. It was followed by ”NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 15.0 million viewers overall), which used the conclusion of a crossover storyline with ”Hawaii Five-0” to show stronger-than-usual retention of its lead-in and finish a tick out of the 18-49 lead while winning its hour in 25-54 (4.1/10). And at 10, ”Unforgettable” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall) ran second in key demos. The Eye won the night in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers.

At NBC, ”The Biggest Loser” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) wrapped its 13th edition roughly on par with last week, placing third in demos and coming in down about 30% from last spring’s finale. It was followed by ”The Voice” results show (3.1/8 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall), which was down a bit one week from its season finale but edged out the ”NCIS” shows to stand as Tuesday’s No. 1 show among young adults. Closing out the night, ”Fashion Star” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) was in line with last week.

Fox, which was winning Tuesday among young adults earlier this season, ran third last night as ”Glee” matched its low (2.4/8 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) while ”New Girl” was down by double-digit percentages week to week, hitting a low and placing fourth in 18-49 for its timeslot. A repeat ”New Girl” aired at 9:30 (1.4/4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall).

Another downtrending rookie comedy is ABC’s ”Last Man Standing” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall), which placed fourth at 8 o’clock, as did the net’s ”Cougar Town” at 8:30 (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall). The ”Dancing With the Stars” results show placed third at 9 o’clock (2.3/6 in 18-49, 13.4 million viewers overall), down a tick from last week to tie its season low. And at 10, ”Private Practice,” considered ”on the bubble” to return in the fall, won in 18-49 (2.1/6 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and certainly brightened its prospects for next season.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.6/7; NBC, 2.3/6; Fox, 2.1/6; ABC, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.3 million; ABC, 8.9 million; NBC, 6.7 million; Fox, 4.8 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 0.9 million.

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more