For the love of Mark Harmon, would you look at those ratings for NCIS! The veteran CBS drama posted a series record in viewers on Tuesday – a whopping 22.7 million – and also earned its best adult 18-49 rating (4.6/12) since October of 2009, according to preliminary ratings. As a result, CBS slaughtered the competition in viewers (17.5 million) and 18-49 (3.5/9) for the night. Each 18-49 ratings point equals 1.3 million viewers.
Then again, CBS didn’t have a helluva lot of competition in the 8 p.m. time slot. Fox aired a repeat of Glee and ABC went with an oldie of No Ordinary Family, so Harmon and Co. only had to do battle with The Biggest Loser, which also posted a tidy gain over the previous week by earning a 3.3/8 — up 3% — and 9.1 million.
The rest of CBS’s schedule rocked, too. NCIS: LA earned a 3.8/9 — up 15% — and 17.7 million, while The Good Wife grabbed a 2.2/6 — up 5% — and 12.1 million.
NBC came in second for the night with a 2.9/8 and 8.1 million, with Parenthood averaging a 2.2/6 and 6.1 million viewers. Fox was third in the demo (1.7/4) and viewers (5.0 million) for the night while ABC finished fourth (1.3/3, 4.9 million).
The CW, meanwhile, enjoyed its most-watched Tuesday (2.1 million) in more than a year and hit season highs in demos like adults 18-34 and women 18-34 with originals of One Tree Hill (2.4 million viewers) and Hellcats (1.9 million).