NBC Gains Steam, 'Loser' Gains


Broadcast programming on Tuesday night tightened up a bit -- leader CBS shrank slightly, while third-place NBC and fourth-place ABC picked up some viewers.

CBS was at a Nielsen preliminary 2.9 rating/8 share among 18-49 viewers, down from a 3.1/9 the week before. Fox was just one-tenth of rating point behind at a 2.8/7, up from a 2.7/7. NBC rose to a 2.1/5 from a 1.9/5, while ABC inched up to a 1.7/4 from a 1.6/4.

NBC's "The Biggest Loser" was the biggest gainer, up three-tenths to a 2.3/6. The highly rated shows of the night were CBS' "NCIS," which dipped a bit to a 3.8/10 for a 3.9 rating. Its companion show "NCIS: Los Angeles" lost three-tenths of a rating point to a 2.9/7.

Fox's "Glee" at 8 p.m. rose to a 2.9/8. But "New Girl" at 9 p.m. drifted lower to a 3.0/8 from a 3.2 rating.

ABC's "Cougar Town" went one-tenth of a rating point lower to a 1.7/4 after its premiere a week ago. Many of the network's other shows stayed the same. "Last Man Standing" remained at a 2.2/6 from a 2.2/7 (at 8 p.m.) and "The River" held steady at a 1.7/4 (at 9 p.m.).

At 10 p.m., all network shows could get past the 2 rating mark. CBS' "Unforgettable" was more forgettable for some -- now at a 1.9/5 from a 2.3/6. But NBC and ABC picked up a bit: NBC's "Parenthood" rose to a 1.7/5 from a 1.6/4 and ABC's "Body of Proof" picked up 1.4/4 from a 1.2/3.

Univision was up to a 1.5/4 from a 1.4/4. And the CW grew to 0.5/1 from a 0.3/1 -- thanks to a repeat of "Hart of Dixie" and an original "Ringer."

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