9:18am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Celebrity Wife Swap' Returns to Highs, 'Golden Boy' Gets Solid Sampling
With an average 2.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 15.9 million viewers over the course of primetime, CBS easily took another Tuesday night. NCIS (3.4 adults), down just a tenth of a point, kicked off the night before NCIS: LA (2.9 adults) grew two tenths of a point. Ahead of its official Friday premiere, midseason drama Golden Boy opened solidly at 10 p.m. with a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. It was off 28 percent from the premiere of Vegas (2.5 adults) in the fall -- but was up three tenths of a point from the show's most recent showing in the hour.
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Celebrity Wife Swap (2.4 adults) fared quite well in its season premiere, up a tenth of a point from last year's debut for a series high in the key demo. The boost did not help The Taste (1.4 adults), though. The series was down two tenths of a point in its new time slot. At 10 p.m., Body of Proof (1.2 adults) held last week's premiere audience. ABC averaged a 1.7 rating in the demo and 5.8 million viewers.
A steady Raising Hope (1.5 adults) kicked off Fox's Tuesday, with a slightly boosted New Girl (2.3 adults, up by a tenth) and a steady Mindy Project (1.6 adults) following. The network averaged a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers.
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Back-to-back episodes of Betty White's Off Their Rockers both pulled a 1.3 adults rating on NBC, with the second half hour down a tenth of a point from last week. Go On (1.1 adults) was steady with last week's low, while The New Normal (1.0 adults) was up a tenth. Smash (0.9 adults) held last week's score as well. NBC pulled a 1.1 adults rating and 3.4 million viewers for the night.
Hart Of Dixie (0.6) was up a tenth of a point from last week ahead of an even Cult (0.3 adults). The CW averaged a 0.5 adults rating and 1.1 million viewers.
Univision, maintaining its February sweep lead over NBC, averaged a 1.5 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers.