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Freshman series The Mentalist continued to deliver good numbers for CBS last night, according to preliminary ratings data. The procedural (which just received a full-season order) averaged 14.9 million viewers (down only 3 percent from last week) and actually bested the Dancing With the Stars results show (14.4 million) in the 9 p.m. hour. Along with NCIS — the night’s most-watched show with 17.9 million viewers — The Mentalist helped CBS win the night in average viewership. It was Fox, however, that overwhelmingly won the ratings crown for the coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The network’s young-blood favorite House continued its week-to-week viewership gains with a 12.8 million average, while new series Fringe tallied an additional 9.5 million.

Over at NBC, The Biggest Loser: Families, which dipped to 6.3 million last week, climbed up to 7.5 million viewers last night — pretty close to its 7.9 million season premiere on Sept. 16. Law & Order: SVU lost viewers from its last episode (9.4 million from 10.2 million), but saw its audience grow by 9 percent throughout the 10 p.m. hour.

ABC’s season 2 premiere of Eli Stone averaged 8.8 million viewers. That’s up considerably from last season’s 7.2 million average, but the singalong lost a whole quarter of its audience by the second half hour. (Perhaps Katie Holmes fans tuned in for a glimpse of their Broadway gal only to realize she’s actually guest-starring on next week’s episode, not this week’s season premiere.)

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