Ratings: ‘NCIS: LA’ Begins To Trip Up ‘DWTS’

by | October 6, 2010 at 11:33 AM | NCIS, Ratings

'NCIS: Los Angeles' Daniela Ruah (CBS)

'NCIS: Los Angeles' Daniela Ruah (CBS)

As CBS’ ‘NCIS‘ won the night and delivered its most-watched episode since March 9 (with 19.5 million total viewers), sister series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles‘ is poised to unseat the ‘Dancing With the Stars‘ results show in viewership for the first time this season.

This week, Nuh-Siz-Lah bested ‘DWTS ‘ in the coveted 18-to-49 demo and nipped at its fox-trotting heels in total viewers (16.2 mil vs. 16.4 mil). Such was a frequent occurrence last season, when the CBS procedural came out of the gate red-hot.

Elsewhere on the night, in the highly competitive 8 o’clock hour, both ‘Glee‘ and ‘No Ordinary Family‘ succumbed to slips. Sans Britney but plus God, ‘Glee’ (11 million viewers) dropped 23 percent in the demos, while ‘No Ordinary Family’ was down 15 percent from its premiere. ABC notes, however, that ‘NOF’ gained viewers over the hour (as did, well, ‘Glee’), so… there’s that.

Other Tuesday tallies of note:

* ‘Life Unexpected‘ delivered its best rating among women 18-34 since March 15, The CW boasts.

* Fox’s ‘Raising Hope‘ slipped 16 percent, to 6.3 million viewers, while lead-out ‘Running Wilde’ mustered an audience of barely 4 million.

* ‘The Good Wife‘ – or as I dubbed it last night, “A Few Good Men Wife” (#movietvmashup!) – matched its season premiere audience of 12.7 million viewers, while both ABC’s ‘Detroit 1-8-7′ (8.3 mil) and NBC’s ‘Parenthood’ (5.1 mil) took hits.