With no Britney Spears, Fox’s Glee (4.5/13 in adults 18-49, 11 million viewers overall) suffered the biggest drop (24%) from last week’s record high with one of the show’s most dramatic and poignant episodes. Still, Glee was the highest-rated program of the night in the demo by a wide margin. Glee‘s lead-out, freshman comedy Raising Hope (2.6/7) also was down, by 16%, while Running Wilde (1.8/5) seems to be leveling off, down only a tenth from last week. Fox still won the night in 18-49 with a 3.9/9 but this time it barely edged CBS (3.2/9).
ABC’s new drama No Ordinary Family (2.6/8) was down 19% from last week’s premiere. Vs. last week’s fast nationals, the drop was 16% as the show starring Michael Chiklis went up in the finals. Despite the slide, Family remains ABC’s most promising new drama, doing respectable business as a self-starter in one of the most competitive time slots and growing 17% from the first to the second half-hour. ABC has far more serious problems with its other freshmen hourlong series, including Detroit 1-8-7, which managed a 1.8/5 at 10 PM last night, down 14% from last week and finishing last in the hour. Its lead-in, the Dancing with the Stars result show (3.2/9) was down 16% week-to-week.
CBS’s lineup was solid, with only minimal declines for NCIS (3.7/11, -10%, 19.5 million viewers overall) and NCIS: LA (3.4/9, -8%, 16.2 million). After being dethroned by NBC’s Parenthood as the top dog in the demo at 10 PM last spring, The Good Wife (2.5/7, 12.7 million) has unequivocally regained the top position this fall. (It has always been No.1 in viewers)
NBC’s veteran The Biggest Loser (2.5/7) continued its slide against the competition, down 7% for its lowest-rated regular telecast ever. Parenthood (2.0/6) finished second in the 10 PM hour.
After inching closer to cancellation over the past few weeks, the CW’s struggling sophomore drama Life Unexpected showed fighting spirit, hitting a season high in women 18-34 (1.6/4) last night, up 45% vs. last week. Both One Tree Hill (2.0 million, 1.2/4 in 18-34) and LUX (1.6 million 1.0/3 in 18-34) were up week-to-week in total viewers and most key demos, including adults 18-34.