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OCT
12
3 YEARS

TV Ratings: Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing' Debuts Well, 'Parenthood' Rises

CBS' procedurals all dip, but the network still wins Tuesday in total viewers and the 18-49 demo.

Last Man Standing
Peter Hopper/ABC
"Last Man Standing"

Tim Allen made his return to television with new series, Last Man Standing, and the half-hour ABC sitcom had a good premiere on Tuesday night.

The hourlong series debut of Last Man Standing (13 million total viewers, 3.5 rating in adults 18-49 demographic), co-starring Nancy Travis, improved 9 percent from the launch of superhero drama No Ordinary Family last fall. This is a solid start for the show, for which The Hollywood Reporter's chief television critic Tim Goodman declares, "Of course, the series is likely to be a hit. Allen is a proven draw and likeable. ABC is a family-inclined network. And it's on at 8 p.m., when all kinds of soft gruel can be shoveled down the throats of Americans."

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With a solid lead-in with Standing, the Dancing With the Stars results show (16.6 million, 3.2) improved 10 percent at 9 p.m., but it didn't rise enough to help Body of Proof (9.4 million, 1.9), which dipped 5 percent. ABC placed second on the night in the 18-49 demo, averaging a 2.8 rating in primetime, behind CBS.

Though CBS' lineup all saw minor drops, the network's three-hour slate still topped the night in total viewers (15.3 million) and the demo (3.1). NCIS (18.7 million, 3.9) and NCIS: LA (15.4 million, 3.3) dropped 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively, to season lows. Meanwhile, freshman procedural Unforgettable (11.8 million, 2.3) saw a 8-percent dip for a low.

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NBC's The Biggest Loser (5.5 million, 2.0) keeps sinking, dropping another 5 percent to post its lowest-rated fall telecast ever. Even so, family drama Parenthood (5.3 million, 2.1) -- airing a pivotal episode where the Bravermans welcome a new addition into the family -- improved 5 percent from the previous week.

The CW's 90210 (1.5 million, 0.7) improving in total viewers and Ringer (1.7 million, 0.7) -- which featured a big game-changing reveal at the end of the episode -- going up a notch.

Fox aired live coverage of the third game of the ALCS.

CBS -- 3.2            
· NCIS: 18.7 million, 3.9         
· NCIS: LA: 15.3 million, 3.3  
· Unforgettable: 11.8 million, 2.3       
 
ABC -- 2.9              
· Last Man Standing (P): 13 million, 3.5           
· Dancing With the Stars results: 16.6 million, 3.2   
· Body of Proof: 9.4 million, 1.9   
 
Fox -- 2.4      
 
NBC -- 2.0              
· The Biggest Loser: 5.5 million, 2.0   
· Parenthood: 5.3 million, 2.1    
 
The CW -- 0.7           
· 90210: 1.5 million, 0.7        
· Ringer: 1.7 million, 0.7