CBS Wins Slow Night With ‘NCIS’

by | March 21, 2012 at 3:04 PM | NCIS, NCIS: LA, TV News

Mark Harmon on NCIS (CBS)

By Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – CBS scored an overall win on a Tuesday night when ratings were down almost across the board and several shows, including the night’s top-rated show, “NCIS,” hit season lows, according to preliminary numbers.

CBS was first in ratings and total viewers, averaging a 2.7 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 15.3 million. “NCIS” at 8 p.m. took the evening’s highest ratings and total viewership, scoring a 3.3/10 in the demographic and 18.6 million total viewers, despite the season low in the demo.

At 9, “NCIS: LA” tied a season low, receiving a 2.8/7 in the demo and 16 million total viewers. “Unforgettable” at 10 grew 11 percent from its last original airing three weeks ago, taking a 2.1/6 and 11.3 million total viewers.

NBC came in second in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.1/6 and 6 million. It was the only network not to suffer declines. “The Biggest Loser” at 8 inched up to a 2.2/6 and 6.5 million total viewers, while “Fashion Star” at 10 climbed 13 percent from its disappointing premiere last week, receiving a 1.8/5 in the demo and 4.9 million total viewers.

Fox took third place in ratings and fourth in total viewers with an average 1.7/5 and 3.7 million total viewers. Ratings for all of its shows were down. “Raising Hope” at 8 dropped 11 percent in the demo to a 1.6/5, with 3.8 million total viewers. “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” at 8:30 dropped 14 percent in the demo to a 1.2/4, and had 3 million total viewers.

“New Girl” at 9 was also down slightly, receiving a 2.6/7 and 5.1 million total viewers. “Breaking In” closed the night at 9:30 with a 13 percent drop in the demo, posting a 1.3/3. It had 3 million total viewers.

ABC came in fourth in the demo and third in total viewers with an average 1.3/4 and 4.8 million total viewers. “Last Man Standing” at 8 dropped 14 percent from its last original three weeks ago, hitting a season low in the demo of 1.9/6 with 7 million total viewers.

“Cougar Town” bounced back from last week’s series low, growing 14 percent in the demo for a 1.6/5 and 4.6 million total viewers. “The River” at 9 grew slightly for a 1.4/4 in the demo and 4 million total viewers. A “Body of Proof” repeat closed the night.

(Editing by Chris Michaud)

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