Though Fox’s “Glee” remains the night’s top draw among young adults, it was CBS that impressed most Tuesday with its potent drama lineup, including “The Good Wife,” which is starting to take control of the 10 o’clock hour. Also, ABC’s “No Ordinary Family” dropped some more but is still doing decently in a tough slot.
According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Glee” (4.6 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall) was in line with last week to rule as Tuesday’s No. 1 show in 18-49 and helped Fox earn a share of the night’s lead in the category with CBS. Following “Glee,” comedy “Raising Hope” is hanging in there with passable numbers (2.6/7 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), on par with last week, but 9:30 half-hour “Running Wilde” slipped some more (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and could be on a short leash if it falls any more.
CBS opened strong with “NCIS” (3.9/11 in 18-49, 19.0 million viewers overall), which was up slightly week to week, pulling into its most competitive 18-49 finish yet with “Glee” while standing as the night’s No. 1 show in adults 25-54 (5.3/13) for a second straight week; it also dominated in total viewers, and should again rule as the week’s most-watched scripted series. The vet crime drama was followed by sophomores “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 16.1 million viewers overall) and “The Good Wife” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall), both of which also edged up this week. “Good Wife” enjoyed its biggest 18-49 advantage to date over its broadcast drama rivals while dominating the hour in 25-54 (3.5/9).
ABC, which remains up vs. its Tuesday lineup of last year, slipped to fourth at 8 p.m. with the third episode of “No Ordinary Family” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), which came in down 15% week to week and 28% below its series premiere of Sept. 28; still, it’s hard to imagine the net doing much better here with a new drama opposite two smash hourlongs. It was followed by the “Dancing With the Stars” results show (3.4/9 in 18-49, 15.7 million viewers overall), which was again neck and neck with CBS drama “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and rookie drama “Detroit 1-8-7” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall), which seems to have settled in at a level that, while not all that good, may be enough to keep it on the air through fall.
NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) was up a tick week to week, while “Parenthood” was down a tick (2.0/5 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall). Both are noticeably cooler than when they were paired last spring.
And at CW, a crossover storyline involving vet “One Tree Hill” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) and sophomore “Life Unexpected” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) resulted in slight bumps for the latter.
Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS and Fox, 3.3/9; ABC, 2.5/7; NBC, 2.4/7; Univision, 1.9/5; CW, 0.9/2.
In total viewers: CBS, 15.6 million; ABC, 10.3 million; Fox, 8.0 million; NBC, 6.2 million; Univision, 4.4 million; CW, 1.8 million.