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TV Ratings: 'Cougar Town' Returns Low With Soft 'Last Man' Lead

The new time slot isn't immediately kind to the delayed ABC comedy, as many Tuesday series slip and CBS wins the night with NCIS.

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Plenty of viewers did not spend Valentine's Day in front of the tube, as many series were down -- despite originals across the board, on Tuesday night TV. Fast affiliate ratings give a 18-49 victory for CBS, which bested close competition from Fox.

NCIS dipped 7 percent from its 200th episode for a 3.9 rating in adults 18-49, while NCIS: LA and Unforgettable both added an extra tenth of a point to their recent scores, for a respective 3.2 and 2.3. The network pulled a 3.1 altogether, with an easily dominant 15.5 million viewers.

On Fox, the accidental Whitney Houston reference didn't boost Glee. The series was down 15 percent for a 2.8 in the demo. New Girl was just down 8 percent for a 3.2, and Raising Hope held onto its recent 2.1 among adults 18-49. The block gave Fox a 2.7 in 18-49-ers and 6.3 million viewers.

NBC pulled in third for the night with a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating and 5.4 million viewers. The Biggest Loser was down to a season low of 2.0, but Parenthood held onto the previous week's 1.6 in the demo.

Cougar Town finally returned to ABC, down two tenths of a point from its last episode, for a 1.8 in adults 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers. The score, no thanks to a series low lead-in from Last Man Standing (2.2 in the demo), marks a concerning 47 percent drop from the season two premiere and is also a series low. The net pulled a 1.6 demo rating, following the comedies with The River (down 29 percent to a 1.7) and Body of Proof (Down 25 percent to a 1.2).

On the CW, Ringer pulled a series low of a 0.3 on the heels of a Hart of Dixie repeat.

More to come.