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“Cavemen”: Tuesday’s a tough night for newcomers

Cavemenweek2Tuesday is proving a tough slog for the season’s newcomers. ABC’s “Cavemen” (pictured left) and “Carpoolers” took a tumble in their second outings. CBS’ “Cane” is still slippery and CW’s “Reaper” can’t catch a break against the flames of Fox’s “House.”

After last week’s respectable opening, ABC’s 8-9 p.m. comedy duo dropped by about 2 million viewers apiece in week two and two 18-49 demo share points. “Cavemen” finished out at 8 p.m. with 7 million viewers and 2.5 rating/8 share in the adults 18-49 demographic (compared to last week’s 9.2 million, 3.5/10), while “Carpoolers” rallied a tiny bit at 8:30 with 7.3 million and 2.8/8 (compared to its debut at 9.1 million, 3.5/9), per prelim Nielsens.

CBS’ “NCIS” had no trouble taking the 8 p.m. hour in viewers (16.1 million) and 18-49 (3.4/10). Fox toppedReaperweek2_2  the night overall with 9 p.m. inferno “House” (17.7 million, 7.3/18), though ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” (16 million, 4.0/10) was competitive in the hour in viewers. CW’s “Reaper” (pictured right) managed 2.7 million and 1.5/4 in adults 18-34. At 10 p.m., CBS’ “Cane” was on par with last week at 9.1 million and 2.3/7, but still off its lead-in from “The Unit” (11.1 million, 3.0/7).

–Cynthia Littleton