'Voice' down but best in demo, 'Glee' hits series low

On a Tuesday where many of the shows lost traction from a week ago or even hit all-time lows, NBC and Fox tied in a very competitive ratings race among the four top broadcast networks.

NBC’s live 9 p.m. results show of “The Voice” was the No. 1 program with a 3.3 rating/9 share in the 18-49 demo and 8.7 million viewers overall, but demo number represented a series low for the music competition series, which fell from a 3.5 a week ago. In the 18-34 adult demo, “The Voice” was also best.

Also falling for the Peacock was lead-out “Fashion Star” (1.5/4, 4.4m), down from a 1.8 last week and hitting a series low. Only NBC show to see an uptick was “The Biggest Loser” (2.2/7, 6.8m), generating a marginal increase from a week ago.

Fox’s most-watched show was the “Saturday Night Fever” tribute on “Glee,” but the series continues to shed viewers and demos. Show drew an all-time series low (for a new episode) of 2.4/7, 6.1m to lead off the night. That was off from last week’s 2.7/8, and 600,000 less viewers watched this time around.

“New Girl” (2.7/7, 5.3m) fell a smidge and 9:30 p.m. laffer “Raising Hope” closed out its season with a 1.9/5, 3.9m, which repped a slight uptick in both demos and total viewers.

CBS finished only a tenth behind NBC and Fox and clearly would’ve won the night if not for airing repeats of both “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.0/5, 11.3m) and “Unforgettable” (1.5/4, 8.2m). An 8 o’clock new episode of “NCIS” easily won the hour despite falling to a season low of 3.0/9, and 17.6 million viewers, which made it the most-watched program of the night.

Of the four ABC programs Tuesday, two hit series lows and another tied for a series low. The only program that gained viewers and demos from a week ago — though only marginally — was the “Dancing With the Stars” results show (2.4/6, 13.7m).

“Last Man Standing” (1.6/5, 6.4m) and “Cougar Town” (1.4/4, 4.6m) both hit series lows at 8 and 8:30 p.m., respectively. “Private Practice” moved to Tuesday for the first time and drew a timeslot best demo of 1.7/5, with 6.7 million tuning in.

At the CW, repeats of “90210″ (0.3/1, 762,000) and “Ringer” (0.5/1, 1.1m).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.3/7; Fox, 2.3/7; CBS, 2.2/6; ABC, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 04.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.4 million; ABC, 8.7 million; NBC, 6.6 million; Fox, 5.4 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 959,000.

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