'NCIS' Sets New Record With 22.9 Million Viewers
UPDATED: NCIS hit another series high in total viewers, but some continued to struggle.
The veteran CBS procedural crushed its competition drawing a record-setting 22.9 million viewers, up from its previous high of 22 million viewers in January, and also earned its best 18-49 rating since October 2009 (4.6). Along with the help of NCIS: Los Angeles (17.8 million, 3.8) and The Good Wife (12.1 million, 2.2), CBS took the easy victory in total viewers (17.6 million) and the key demo (3.5).
NBC placed second with a two-hour Biggest Loser: Couples (9.2 million, 3.3) and a new Parenthood (6.2 million, 2.2), both up from their last originals. Competitors Parenthood and The Good Wife tied for first place in the demo at 10 p.m.
But NBC was a distant second for the night, averaging 8.2 million and snagging a 2.9 rating.
On Fox, Million Dollar Money Drop (5.2 million, 1.8) was down slightly, and its lead-in, a Glee encore (5 million, 1.7), pushed the network to a third place finish.
ABC's V (5.3 million, 1.7) struggled to change course setting a new series low, while Detroit 1-8-7 (5.5 million, 1.2) saw a 20% upswing compared to its all-time low set in January. The net aired a rerun of No Ordinary Family (4.2 million, 1.1) at 8 p.m.
Originals of One Tree Hill (2.4 million, 1.2), drawing its largest audience since December 2009, and Hellcats (1.8 million, 0.8) aired on the CW, becoming the most-watched Tuesday in more than a year. The two-hour block also set a high in adults and women 18-34 since November 2009.
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