October 12, 2011 8:54am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing' Debuts Well, 'Parenthood' Rises
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."
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.
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.