"The Voice" was the top show of the night Tuesday despite slipping from its premiere, as an impressive showing for "Go On" and steady numbers for "The New Normal" helped NBC easily win the night.
NBC was first in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, averaging a 2.9 rating/8 share, and in total viewers, with 8.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. NBC had the four top-rated shows in the demo, moving from first to fourth as the night wore on: "The Voice" at 8 p.m. had a 4.0/12 and 11.4 million total viewers, but was down 5 percent in the demo from Monday night's season premiere.
At 9, the Matthew Perry comedy "Go On," which premiered during the Olympics, had a strong 3.4/9 and 9.6 million total viewers. (Perry's previous comedy, ABC's now-canceled "Mr. Sunshine," premiered to a 3.7 rating in February 2011, but quickly fell from that impressive number.) At 9:30, Ryan Murphy's "The New Normal" had a 2.5/7 — steady with its rating Monday night — and 7 million total viewers. The premiere of "Parenthood" at 10 had a weak 1.9/5 in the demo — its lowest premiere numbers to date — and 5.6 million total viewers.
Univision took second place in ratings and fourth in total viewers with a 1.6/5 and 3.5 million.
Fox, which ran "So You Think You Can Dance" throughout primetime, drew third place in ratings with a 1.5/4, which was even with last week's "SYTYCD," and in total viewers with 4.3 million, a slight improvement over last week.
CBS, which ran repeats throughout the night, came in fourth in ratings and second in total viewers with a 1.2/3 and 7.5 million.
ABC, which also ran reruns, took fifth place in ratings and total viewers with a 0.7/2 and 2.4 million.