By Mandi Bierly
December 10, 2008 at 12:00 PM EST

Even on a Tuesday when it only aired repeats, CBS was able to win two of the evening’s three prime-time hours: Powerhouse NCIS took the 8 p.m. hour with 14.1 million viewers, down 24 percent from last week’s original episode, while The Mentalist won 9 p.m. with 13.7 million, down 27 percent from last week’s chart-topper. The Eye’s Without a Trace took more of a hit at 10 p.m. — its audience (8.5 million viewers) was down 31 percent week-to-week, which was enough to give the win to a new episode of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU (10.9 million, up 6 percent).

As for the rest of NBC’s night, it was bright-ish. The Biggest Loser: Families block scored its biggest ratings this season with an average 9.2 million viewers. As usual, it grew its audience over the course of the two hours — from 7.8 million to 10.2 million. In the 8 p.m. hour, that placed the Peacock third, behind CBS and Fox, which scored with an original episode of House (13.9 million, up 11 percent from last week). In the 9 p.m. hour, NBC was second, behind CBS and ahead of Fox, which served up a repeat of Fringe (7.1 million).

As for ABC, Tuesdays between Dancing With the Stars seasons continue to be a sore spot: A  holiday-themed installment of America’s Funniest Home Videos grabbed 7.3 million sets of eyes at 8 p.m. (down 18 percent from the crowd drawn to the Alphabet’s repeat airing of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town in that slot last week). The 9 p.m. hour brought back-to-back original episodes of According to Jim, which averaged 5.2 million viewers. That’s 10 percent less than what tuned in to last week’s premiere double-header. At 10 p.m., Eli Stone scrounged up only 4.9 million viewers, a number almost equal to last week’s. Not that that’s good news.

Rounding out the night, The CW offered up repeats of 90210 and Privileged and the numbers reflect it: 1.2 million and 1.1 million, respectively.

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