CBS finishes fourth in 18-49, but first in total audience

Fox edged out NBC for the overall Tuesday primetime victory in the 18-49 demo, on a night that the top four finishers among the broadcast networks in the demo reversed that order with overall viewers.

CBS (running no originals) finished fourth in 18-49, but first in total audience, while ABC was third in the demo but second in overall.

NBC’s “The Voice” was the top-rated primetime program Tuesday among auds age 18-49, even as it continued to drip viewers.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “The Voice” (3.2 rating/8 share in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) slipped a tenth of a rating point and a single share point from its series low last week, despite drawing closer to its season finale.

Still, that was enough to top Fox’s “Glee” (2.7/8, 6.9 million) for the night’s top honors, even though the musical dramedy bounced back slightly from its own series low for an original episode.

“Glee” was tops in 18-49 at 8 p.m. ahead of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” (2.2/7, 6.7 million), CBS drama “NCIS” (2.0/6, 12.3 million), ABC’s “Last Man Standing” (1.3/4, 5.7 million for a repeat) and an original “Cougar Town” (1.5/4, 5.0 million), and the CW’s “90210” (0.6/2, 1.2 million).

At 9 p.m., “The Voice” topped ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” (2.4/6, 14.2 million) in the demo, but the latter had the night’s best overall audience of any show.

The CW’s premiere of Canadian import “The L.A. Complex” (0.3/1, 0.6 million) fell shy of the aud for a “Ringer” rerun in the timeslot a week earlier.

Fox aired an original “New Girl” (2.6/7, 5.2 million) followed by a repeat (1.5/4, 3.3 million), while CBS offered “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.7/4, 9.6 million).

ABC’s recently moved “Private Practice” (2.2/6, 8.4 million) was the winner, ahead of NBC’s “Fashion Star” (1.6/4, 4.6 million) and CBS’ “Unforgettable” (1.5/4, 7.7 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox 2.4/7, NBC 2.3/6, ABC 2.0/6, CBS 1.7/5, CW 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS 9.9 million, ABC 9.3 million, NBC 6.7 million, Fox 5.5 million, CW 0.9 million.

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