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Ratings: 'NCIS' one-two punch a knockout

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CBS dominated Tuesday night with the season 7 premiere of NCIS, which scored its biggest audience ever according to overnight numbers, and the series debut of NCIS: Los Angeles. The spinoff held on to roughly 90 percent of its lead-in securing the shows the two top spots on the evening’s ratings chart. The Good Wife, the Eye’s well-received drama starring Julianna Margulies, debuted to 13.7 million viewers — a solid start that was good enough to take the 10 p.m hour over ABC’s Christian Slater procedural The Forgotten and NBC’s Jay Leno Show. Ladies’ night during Dancing With the Stars‘ premiere week finished second in both the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours. And viewers continued to flee The CW’s Melrose Place, which was down around 360,000 from last week.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8 p.m. NCIS (CBS)

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

The Biggest Loser (NBC)

Hell’s Kitchen (Fox)

90210 (The CW)

20.0

15.2

7.5

6.8

2.2

9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

Melrose Place (The CW)

18.3

1.5

10 p.m. The Good Wife (CBS)

The Forgotten (ABC)

The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

13.7

9.5

6.8

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