CBS Dominates Tuesdays With 'NCIS'

CBS' NCIS

CBS stormed into the second day of the new TV season with several "NCIS" shows doing major damage.

For the original show's season premiere, "NCIS" posted a night-leading Nielsen preliminary 4.6 rating/13 share between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. among 18-49 viewers. This season debut was well over last year's 3.6/10.

Right on its heels at 9 p.m., its spinoff -- "NCIS: Los Angeles," in its series debut -- grabbed an equally impressive 4.4/11. Add in a good debut of "The Good Wife" at 10 p.m. -- with a 3.1/9, which won the time period -- and this put CBS in first place for the night, averaging a 4.0/11.

CBS was also the only network to score better results for the night versus a year ago.

Fox eked out a narrow second place with a special two-hour "Hell's Kitchen," which had good results, considering all the new scripted TV fall competition, with a 3.3/9.

ABC didn't have as much luck. Its sturdy "Dancing with the Stars" only took in a 3.5/9 -- down from Monday's 4.1/10, and down from last fall's same night, at 4.7/12. Things didn't get much better for the network's new 10 p.m. show, the new Jerry Bruckheimer drama "The Forgotten," that earned a middling 2.5/7.

The only bright spot here was that it went better than either the fall debut of "Eli Stone" or spring debut of "Cupid" in the same time period. ABC was a tick behind Fox for the night overall at a 3.2/9.

NBC's "The Biggest Loser" was down from its premiere a week ago to a 3.1/8, but up slightly -- at 3% -- from same night of a year ago among the 18-49 crowd.

Somewhat brighter news came from day-to-day improvement of "The Jay Leno Show" at 10 p.m., which witnessed a 2.4/7, up from the 1.8 rating on Monday night. This may have been due to somewhat less competition from two new unproven shows running against it: "The Good Wife" and "The Forgotten."

Good and bad news for The CW: "90210" maintained about the same 18-34 ratings as a week ago, with a 1.5 number; but "Melrose Place" continued to slide, down 20% among its key women 18-34 demo.

Overall for the night, CW landed with a 0.9/3 among 18-49 viewers and a 1.3/4 among all 18-34 viewers -- good for sixth place. Univision went a bit better on Tuesday night: a 1.6/4 for 18-49 viewers and 1.7/5 for 18-34.

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