CBS (3.2/8 in adults 18-49, 15.4 million viewers) chalked up another Tuesday win in adults 18-49 and total viewers, paced by NCIS (4.0/11, 19.9 million), which was once again the top program of the night in both measures. The veteran procedural and its spinoff, NCIS: LA (3.3/8, 15 million), were both down a tenth in the demo from last week, while Unforgettable (2.4/6, 11.2 million) was flat.
The damage to hot Fox freshman comedy New Girl from its forced four-week hiatus after an initial three-week run appears to be long-term as the series last night posted a 3.5 18-49 rating for a third straight week — 20% lower than the show’s ratings just before the break, which was used for 2 baseball and 2 X Factor pre-emptions. This is a shame as last night’s episode, which introduced recurring guest star Justin Long, was particularly strong. At 8 PM, Glee (2.9/8) was down two tenths, or 6%, from last week, while Raising Hope (2.2/5) at 9:30 PM rose a tenth. All three series grew slightly in total viewers week-to-week, with Fox (2.9/8, 6.5 million) finishing second for the night in 18-49 and third in viewers.
ABC’s new comedies Last Man Standing (2.6/7) and Man Up! (1.7/4) seem to have settled, keeping steady for a third consecutive week. Unfortunately for Man Up!, the level it has settled at is in the cancellation danger zone. The Dancing With The Stars result show (2.7/7) was flat with its fast national from last week, while Body Of Proof (2.1/6) was up a tenth from the fast national for its last original two weeks ago. (The drama procedural is usually adjusted down in the finals due to Dancing overruns.) ABC (2.3/6, 10.5 million) was third in 18-49 and second in total viewers.
NBC had a down night. The Biggest Loser (2.1/5) fell 11% from last week’s season high. Parenthood (1.9/5) slipped a tenth for a season low. NBC finished fourth in all key measures. The CW’s 90210 (1.64 million, 0.7/2) hit a season high in total viewers while shedding a tenth in 18-49. Ringer (1.85 million, 0.7/2) held steady in the demo and posted its largest audience since September.