Dramas dominate Tuesday

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

Dramas on different networks controlled the ratings race in each of Tuesday’s three primetime hours. with NBC and Fox splitting the nightly honors among young adults.

CBS, which led the night in total viewers, started off on a winning note as usual with “NCIS” (4.0 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, 17.1 million viewers overall). Its coverage of the annual “People’s Choice Awards,” hosted by Craig Ferguson, averaged a 3.4/8 in adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers overall, on par with last year’s showing on a Sunday.

Fox ruled the 9 o’clock hour with “House” (5.7/14 in 18-49, 14.7 million viewers overall), which doubled the demo score of ABC’s competing drama “Commander in Chief” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall), which was back after a lengthy hiatus. “House” rose sharply over its lead-in from a repeat “Bones” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall).

NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” won out at 10 (5.6/14 in 18-49, 14.7 million viewers overall), with ABC’s “Boston Legal” running second (3.3/9 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall). Earlier in the evening the Peacock didn’t do much with a new episode of “Fear Factor” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), though it picked up some with an hour of firstrun “Scrubs” at 9 (3.5/8 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall).

The WB did well with the return of “Gilmore Girls” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 4.0/10, tied with NBC, 4.0/10; CBS, 3.6/9; ABC, 2.9/7; WB, 2.2/5; UPN, 0.9/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.2 million; Fox, 10.2 million; ABC, 10.0 million; NBC, 9.7 million; WB, 5.1 million; UPN, 2.2 million.

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