CBS dominated Tuesday in the ratings, while ABC’s "Shark Tank" tanked and NBC’s "Biggest Loser" surged.
No big premieres on the night but plenty of interesting numbers. Here’s a first look at who did what, based on preliminary fast national data from our pals at Nielsen:
–The Eye remains unblinkable on Tuesday. "NCIS" (4.6/13, 20.65 million) actually added viewers, and scored another series high, while spinoff "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.1/11, 17.42 million) suffered very little demo erosion in week two.
And great news for "The Good Wife": The 10 p.m. drama held steady week-to-week (3.1/, 13.38 million) and once again won the hour. You can bet there’s already talk of ordering more episodes of this show at CBS.
Overall, CBS was up 21 percent in the demo vs. last year. On a night that featured the biggest hit of last season, "The Mentalist." Yowza.
–"The Biggest Loser" (3.6/10, 9 million ) remains NBC’s best reality weapon, particularly in its two-hour form. The show jumped 16 percent from last week and built every half-hour, so much so that between 9:30 and 10, the Peacock was actually in first place among adults 18-49 (just beating out "NCIS: Los Angeles; the numbers could change this afternoon when finals are released).
The Jay Leno/Future of Television Watch (TM), Sponsored by Wendy’s: 2.3/6 in the demo. 6.63 million. Big drop between 10 and 10:30 p.m. And, for the first time in the young season, Leno beats a 10 p.m. drama (ABC’s "The Forgotten") in demos (but not viewers) and ranks second for the hour.
–Tough night for ABC. Mark Burnett’s "Shark Tank" returns to a holy-crap-that’s-not-good 1.5/4 and 5.2 million viewers. On the plus side, that’s 7 percent better than the show’s most recent Sunday broadcast (on Sept. 13), and better in overall viewers than its three most recent airings.
Still: Let the betting begin as to which ABC drama or two comedies will have encore presentations here. Or, more likely, ABC will just recap the previous night’s "Dancing with the Stars" in an hourlong form.
"DWTS" took a demo hit due to its awful lead-in, averaging a 2.6/7 and 12.48 million viewers (off 21 percent from last week). "NCIS: LA" can’t be helping the "DWTS" cause.
At 10 p.m., "The Forgotten" (2.0/5, 7.5 million) lost nearly a quarter of its demo audience from last week.
–Fox kicked off the night with a nice number for "Hell’s Kitchen" (3.1/9), virtually the same as last week. "So You Think You Can Dance (In the Fall Season)" (2.4/6) was also pretty steady, dipping just 4 percent. But the move of this reality franchise in-season hasn’t generated much heat for Fox (though its numbers beat launching another short-lived drama, so there’s that).
–The CW wants you to know that it was pre-empted last night for a Cubs game in Chicago. So those not-so-hot "Melrose Place" numbers? The ones we’re not going to print yet? Don’t believe them. At least not yet.
Instead, let’s focus on the fact that Monday’s "Gossip Girl" bounce back big time this week vs. some tough premiere week drops. It was up 33 percent in women 18-34 (3.2/8) and 19 percent in adults 18-34 (1.9/5). "One Tree Hill" also did well.