By Lynette Rice
Updated January 12, 2011 at 06:06 PM EST
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Image Credit: Bret Hartman/NBC; Sergei Bachlakov/ABC; Cliff Lipson/CBSIt was a tough Tuesday for ABC’s dramas: No Ordinary Family, V and Detroit 1-8-7 either tied or hit series lows in the key adult demographic, which forced the Alphabet into fourth place for the night, according to early estimates. ABC earned a 1.5 rating/4 share in 18-49 and averaged 5.4 million. Bummer days, because high-concept shows like Family and V need all the help they can get if the networks are to be persuaded that genre shows can work. Where are you, mythology fans? Or are you just not into a super-strong Michael Chiklis or the lizard ladies of V?

CBS was No. 1 for the night in viewers (17.3 million) and 18-49 (3.5/9), fueled by more great performances by NCIS (4.5/12, 21.9 million) NCIS: LA (3.7/9, 18.0 million) and The Good Wife (2.3/6, 12.3 million). Each 18-49 ratings point equals 1.3 million. NBC was second in the demo (2.8/7) and viewers (7.6 million), with The Biggest Loser: Couples earning a 3.2/8 and 8.6 million, followed by Parenthood (2.2/6, 5.6 million).

Fox came in third in the demo (1.7/4) after running a repeat of Glee and an original of Million Dollar Money Drop (1.8/5, 5.1 million). On to ABC: Family posted a series low 1.5/4 and averaged 5.4 million. V got a 1.9/5 and tied its series low. It averaged 5.7 million. And Detroit earned a 1.1/3 — another series low — and lured 5.2 million.

The CW ran repeats.

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