‘NCIS’ puts CBS on top Tuesday

Fox's 'New Girl,' NBC's 'Fashion Star' decline

The return of ”Dancing With the Stars” improved ABC’s position on Tuesday, but CBS was the clear winner as leadoff hitter ”NCIS” was the night’s top performer. Also of note, Fox’s comedy anchors sagged and NBC’s ”Fashion Star” dropped off in its third try.

According to preliminary national estimates, ”NCIS” dominated Tuesday’s opening hour in both adults 18-49 (3.4/10) and total viewers (18.2 million), though on the low side of its range. It was followed by ”NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 14.7 million viewers overall) and ”Unforgettable” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall), both of which placed just a tick out of the 18-49 and 25-54 lead.

ABC narrowly led in the 18-49 demo both at 9 o’clock with the ”Dancing With the Stars” results show (3.0/8 in 18-49, 15.3 million viewers overall) and at 10 with drama ”Body of Proof” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall), with the latter posting its best young-adult score since its season premiere in September as well as its largest overall audience of the season. The ”Dancing” results show, which followed the recap special ”Dancing With the Stars: The Story So Far” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall), was down sharply from last spring’s results-show opener but up slightly vs. last fall’s first results hour and also led its hour in total viewers.

NBC seemed to be affected by the addition of ”Dancing” to the night, as ”The Biggest Loser” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) was down about 15% week to week. And at 10, ”Fashion Star” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) was down after showing a gain the previous week; beginning next week, the new reality show will have the benefit of a lead-in from the results show for ”The Voice.”

Fox’s Tuesday comedy anchors ”Raising Hope” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) and ”New Girl” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) hit lows as the night has sagged without ”Glee” kicking things off. A repeat ”Hope” at 8:30 p.m. (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) improved the net’s fortunes over recent timeslot dud ”I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” and ”Breaking In” closed out the night for Fox with slight week-to-week gains (1.4/4 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall).

At CW, both ”90210” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall) and ”Ringer” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) were up week to week in most categories.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.8/8; ABC, 2.3/6; NBC, 1.8/5; Fox, 1.7/5; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.5 million; ABC, 11.9 million; NBC, 5.1 million; Fox, 3.6 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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