‘NCIS’ draws all-time highest audience

CBS wins night behind powerhouse duo

With the college football season over and a potent one-two “NCIS” punch, CBS won the Tuesday ratings race handily over second-place NBC.

The original “NCIS” drew a record 21.9 million overall viewers and a 4.5 rating/12 share in the 18-49 demo at 8 o’clock, according to early estimates from Nielsen. That’s an astonishing feat for a show in its eighth season.

All-time high viewership meant a 13% bump from Dec. 14, its last original episode. An hour later, spinoff “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.7/9, 18m) was both the second-highest-rated and second-most-watched show of the night. Overall, it was the best Tuesday for CBS in total viewers since February.

In week two for the 11th cycle of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” the longtime reality skein held on to its aud well. Two-hour telecast earned a 3.2/8, with 8.6 million overall viewers and was No. 1 in women 18-34. Ratings were only was a minor drop from last Tuesday’s preem and its highest non-debut or non-finale 18-49 demo since May.

ABC’s “No Ordinary Family” (1.5/4, 5.4m) continues to struggle at 8 p.m., and was defeated by a repeat of “Glee” (1.7/4, 4.6m) on Fox. At 9 o’clock, sci-fi skein “V” (1.9/5, 5.7m), which doesn’t seem to have a extended future, edged out Fox’s “Million Dollar Money Drop” (1.8/5, 5.1m).

There’s a contentious battle at 10 p.m. as the return of CBS’ “The Good Wife” (2.3/6) narrowly edged the Peacock’s family drama “Parenthood” (2.2/6). However, CBS will tout that “The Good Wife” more than doubled the total viewing aud: Julianna Margulies drama drew 12.2 million compared to 5.6 million for “Parenthood.” Alphabet’s “Detroit 1-8-7” provided litte competish for either, as the Michael Imperioli starrer scored a 1.1/3, 5.2m.

The CW offered a pair of repeats: “One Tree Hill” (0.4/1, 1m) and “Life Unexpected” (0.3/1, 804,000).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.5/9; NBC, 2.8/7; Fox, 1.7/4; ABC, 1.5/4; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 17.3 million; NBC, 7.6 million; ABC, 5.4 million; Fox, 4.8 million; Unvision, 3.4 million; CW, 937,000.