Deep into the November sweeps, competitive battles are having their effect on all network TV shows, old and new.
The new -- CW's "Melrose Place," now with the highly marketed return of Heather Locklear -- did a bit better than recent editions, but probably not quite the bump the network wanted.
Among 18-49 viewers, the show rose one-tenth of a rating point to a Nielsen 0.8 rating/2 share. But the series' numbers for women 18-34 climbed to a 1.1 rating, its best in weeks.
ABC's "V" -- another new show this season, airing at 8 p.m. -- went further south. Now in its third week, it fell from the high 5.0 rating of its debut to a still-healthy 3.1 rating/8 share.
The struggle remains for ABC's 10 p.m. show "the forgotten," which was flat at a 1.9 rating/6 share among 18-49 viewers, compared to a week ago. The silver lining in this time period for NBC is "The Jay Leno Show," which again beat the ABC scripted show with an above-season average 2.0 rating/6 share score.
The bigger-rated shows on Tuesday all took it on the chin. CBS' two leaders were down: "NCIS" dropped 7% versus last week to a 4.1/ 11, a season low; and CBS' "NCIS:LA" was off 8% to a 3.4/9, also a series/season low. NBC's "The Biggest Loser" went 3% south to a 3.7/10, while ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" put its feet down 9% to a 3.2/8.
Overall, CBS won the night among 18-49 viewers with a 3.4/9. NBC was at a 3.0/8; ABC, a 2.7/7; Fox, a 2.4/7; Univision, a 1.5/4; and the CW at a 0.9/3.