The first "Dancing With the Stars" results show of the season took a big hit Tuesday night as CBS ruled in the ratings with "NCIS," according to preliminary numbers.
CBS came in first in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and total viewers with an average 2.8 rating/8 share in the demo and 14.5 million. "NCIS" at 8 was the night's top-rated and most-watched program with a 3.4/10 in the demo and 18.2 million total viewers, even though it tied last week's season low in the ratings. "NCIS: LA" the following hour inched up from last week's season low with a 2.9/8 in the demo and 14.7 million total viewers. The network finished the night with "Unforgettable" at 10, which posted a 2.0/6 in the demo and 10.4 million total viewers.
ABC came in second in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.3/6 in the demo and 11.9 million total viewers, despite taking a couple of hits with its "Dancing With the Stars" programming. "Dancing With the Stars: The Story So Far" at 8 was down 32 percent from last year's comparable telecast with a 1.9/6 in the demo and 10.4 million total viewers. The "Dancing With the Stars" results show premiere the following hour dropped 30 percent from last year's results premiere, posting a 3.0/8 in the demo and 15.3 million total viewers. The good news for the network? "Body of Proof" at 10 grew 50 percent from its last airing two weeks ago, receiving a 2.1/6 in the demo and 10 million total viewers.
NBC took third place in ratings and total viewers with an average 1.8/5 in the demo and 5 million. The network suffered several declines. "The Biggest Loser" at 8 dropped 17 percent from last week for a 1.9/5 in the demo and 5.6 million total viewers. With a weakened lead-in from "Loser" and facing original competition from ABC and CBS for the first time, the new reality offering "Fashion Star" at 10 also suffered, dropping 17 percent in the demo from last week for a 1.5/4 and 4 million total viewers.
Fox came in fourth in ratings and total viewers with an average 1.7/5 and 3.6 million. "Raising Hope" at 8 slipped slightly in the demo from last week, receiving a 1.5/5 with 3.8 million total viewers. Following a "Raising Hope" repeat, "New Girl" at 9 was also down slightly, taking a 2.5/7 in the demo with 4.9 million total viewers. The network finished the night with "Breaking In" at 9:30, which saw a slight increase in the demo from last week. It had a 1.4/4 with 2.8 million total viewers.