'River' closes season with little fanfare

CBS won the Tuesday ratings race behind its “NCIS” franchise double feature, while “The River” finished out its season without much viewer appetite.

“NCIS” was top-rated show of the night with a 3.3 rating/10 share in the 18-49 demo, and 18.6 million viewers tuning in, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates. That was followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.8/7, 16m), which was second best among all competition.

The closest any show got to “NCIS” at 8 o’clock was NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Weight loss series drew a 2.0/6 in its first hour and grew to a 2.4/6 in its second hour. Overall, that was up a tenth from a week ago.

Peacock lead-out “Fashion Star” improved from its debut. Series, where buyers from major retail stores buy clothes designed from contestants, bumped up from a 1.6 to a 1.8/5 after debuting last week. That makes it the only reality show of the season on any of Big Four broadcasters to grow from week one to week two in the demo.

Though that was good news for NBC, CBS’ “Unforgettable” (2.1/6, 11.3m) still defeated “Fashion Star” at 10 p.m. with the help of a strong “NCIS: LA” lead-in. ABC ran a repeat of “Body of Proof” (0.9/3, 4.6m) in the hour.

A new episode of ABC’s “Last Man Standing” (1.9/6, 7m) outperformed Fox comedy rival “Raising Hope” (1.6/5, 3.7m) at 8 o’clock. The Alphabet also won the 8:30 laffer standoff over Fox with “Cougar Town” (1.6,5, 4.6m) upping “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” (1.2/4, 2.9).

Tables were turned, however, at 9 o’clock where “New Girl” (2.6/7, 5.1m) dominated the first half hour of “The River” (1.5/4, 4.1m). In a bad sign for ABC, “The River” actually ended up losing viewers in the second half hour and tying “Breaking In” (1.3/3, 2.9m) in the demo.

CW ran new episodes of both “90210” (0.7/2, 1.2m) and “Ringer” (0.5/1, 1.1m).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.7/8; NBC, 2.1/6; Fox, 1.7/5; Univision, 1.5/4; ABC, 1.3/4; CW, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.3 million; NBC, 5.9 million; ABC, 4.8 million; Fox, 3.7 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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