Fox’s youthful lineup of Glee, New Girl, and Raising Hope gave the network a win in the key demos like adults 18-49 on Tuesday, even though CBS’s ever-powerful NCIS continues to rule the 9 p.m. hour.
At 8, Glee posted a 3.6 rating/10 share and 8.3 million viewers — not enough to outrank Mark Harmon and Co. (4.2/12, 19.1 million viewers) but still super among 18-34 (3.9/12) and teens (3.9/15), according to early results. But the bragging rights go to New Girl (4.4/11, 9.2 million), which not only retained 92 percent of its series premiere ratings, but won its timeslot among 18-34 (5.2/15). Can we say officially that the kids are digging that Zooey Deschanel?
Raising Hope lured a 2.9/7 and 6.3 million viewers. Doing the addition at home? Each 18-49 ratings point equals 1.3 million viewers.
After NCIS, the rest of CBS’ lineup took a bit of a tumble: NCIS: LA: earned a 3.5/9 and 16.1 million — down 3 percent from last week — while Unforgettable earned a 2.5/8 and 12.8 million — down 14 percent from its series premiere. Still, the Eye’s trusty drama lineup did a number on the Dancing With the Stars results show, which earned a 2.8/7 and 14 million — down 3 percent from last week. And poor Dana Delany: Nancy Grace and Carson Kressley are not exactly helping with the ABC ratings cause. The second outing of Body of Proof posted a 1.9/5, down 14 percent from last week for a series low. It averaged 9.4 million.
On NBC, The Biggest Loser earned a 2.2/6 and 5.7 million and the always excellent Parenthood nabbed a 2.2/6 and 5.5 million, which is actually a 5 percent improvement from last week. The CW’s 90210, meanwhile, was up 38 percent (1.1/4) in adults 18-34 versus last week and attracted its largest audience of women 18-34 (1.7/5) since Jan. 24.
The bottom line: Fox was first on Tuesday in 18-49 with a 3.6/9, followed by CBS (3.4/9), and ABC/NBC (tied, at 2.2/6). In viewers, CBS finished on top with 15.8 million, followed by ABC (10.9 million), Fox (8 million), NBC (5.6 million), and CW (1.8 million).