Ratings: Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Off to Solid Start (Update)

Show’s success bodes well for ABC’s Tuesday comedy block; CBS wins night overall

(Updates with national numbers, Fox ratings.)

ABC's plan for a Tuesday night comedy block is off to a good start: Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing" premiered to solid numbers as CBS won the night overall.

Allen's 8 p.m. comedy, with a special one-hour running time, debuted to a 3.6/10 in the cherished 18-49 demo and 13 million viewers. At 9 p.m., "Dancing With the Stars" scored a 3.3/8 — up more than 10 percent from last week — and 16.6 million total viewers. At 10, "Body of Proof" had a 1.8/5 and 9.4 million.

"Standing" was up from the premiere of the now canceled "No Ordinary Family" in the timeslot last fall. ABC said it was the most-watched comedy series debut at 8 p.m. since September 2004. Allen's star power, however, couldn't earn it a bigger debut than "2 Broke Girls" and "The New Girl," both of which had better premiere ratings. ("2 Broke Girls" owed its outstanding premiere ratings in part to a huge lead-in from "Two and a Half Men.")

Allen starred on ABC's "Home Improvement" from 1991 to 1999. "Standing" will create a man-centric Tuesday night comedy block with another new sitcom, "Man Up," which debuts net Tuesday at 8:30.

CBS's "NCIS" was the top-rated show, earning a 4.0/11 and 18.7 million total viewers at 8. "NCIS: Los Angeles" at 9 had a 3.3/8 and 15.4 million total viewers. At 10, "Unforgettable" had a 2.3/6 and 11.8 million total viewers. It was down 8 percent in the ratings and hit a series low.

Fox's Major League Baseball American League Championship Series Game 3, between the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers, had a 2.4/7 in the demo and 8.4 million total viewers.

NBC's "The Biggest Loser," from 8-10, had a 2.0/5 and 5.5 million total viewers. It was the show's lowest-rated regular fall airing. But "Parenthood," at 10, was up 5 percent, earning a 2.1/6 and 5.3 million total viewers.

At 8, the CW's "90210" had a .8/2 and 1.5 million total viewers. At 9, "Ringer" had a .7/2 and 1.7 million.