By James Hibberd
Updated January 16, 2013 at 05:18 PM EST
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UPDATE: NCIS increased to 22.9 million in the afternoon nationals — the most-watched entertainment telecast of the season.

PREVIOUS: CBS’ veteran NCIS continued to show those younger programs who’s boss.

NCIS delivered 22.3 million viewers — the second biggest audience in the show’s 10-season history — along with a hearty and time-period-winning 3.8 rating. The drama was also up 9 percent from last week’s hour.

Unfortunately, the NCIS performance was a lonely bright spot in last night’s numbers. Most shows were flat or down with last week. Even NCIS: LA dipped 10 percent despite having a stronger lead-in this week.

The most wince-inducing number: Fox’s New Girl — 3.6 million viewers and a 1.9 rating. That’s dipping 5 percent and sinking below a 2.0 rating to a series low.

FULL CHART:

ADULT DEMO RANK

ADULTS 18-49 RATING

TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)

FOX

8:00P

RAISING HOPE

#7t

1.6

3,723

8:30P

BEN & KATE

#15t

1.1

2,317

9:00P

NEW GIRL

#3t

1.9

3,625

9:30P

MINDY PROJECT

#10

1.5

2,789

ABC

8:00P

MODERN FAMILY

RS

#7t

1.6

5,177

8:30P

SUBURGATORY

RS

#17

1.0

3,183

9:00P

HAPPY ENDINGS

#12t

1.3

3,055

9:30P

APT 23

#15t

1.1

2,714

10-11P

PRIVATE PRACTICE

#14

1.2

4,038

CBS

8-9P

NCIS

#1

3.8

22,336

9-10P

NCIS:LA

#2

2.7

17,481

10-11P

VEGAS

#7t

1.6

11,053

NBC

8:00P

OFF ROCKERS

#11

1.4

5,384

8:30P

OFF ROCKERS

#5

1.8

5,924

9:00P

GO ON-

#6

1.7

4,363

9:30P

NEW NORMAL

#12t

1.3

3,235

10-11P

PARENTHOOD

#3t

1.9

4,952

CW

8-9P

HART-DIXIE

#18

0.6

1,414

9-10P

EMILY OWENS

#19

0.3

1,024

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