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Tuesday Ratings: ‘Glee’ Climbs the Charts to No. 1

Performance makes it the top-rated new scripted series of the season

With its power hitters, “Glee” and “American Idol,” at the plate Tuesday night, Fox won the adult 18-49 race for a third consecutive evening, with the former freshman series becoming the top-rated scripted series of the season in the process.

Here’s a look at some of the night’s ratings highlights:

WHO NEEDS MADONNA? “Glee” stayed flat with its much-watched Material Girl-themed episode a week earlier, scoring a 5.3 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 and 12.6 million viewers. It passed ABC’s “Modern Family” as this year’s top rated scripted freshman (CBS reality show “Undercover Boss” remains the year’s top rated new show overall). “American Idol,” meanwhile, continued to slip, but only 4 percent to a 6.6/19 adult demo rating and 18.8 million viewers.

NAVEL (CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES) GAZING: “NCIS” endured its lowest ratings of the year for CBS, garnering a 3.4 adult demo rating and 15.9 million viewers. Indeed, it hasn’t been a great week for CB S. "NCIS: Los Angeles" actually perked up 7 percent from its last original run (April 6), but at 10 p.m., “The Good Wife” also had its season low with a 2.2 and 12.1 million viewers.

SPEAKING OF 10 O’ClOCK: Going against a fresh episode of “The Good Wife” for the first time in three weeks, NBC’s “Parenthood” dropped 17 percent to a 2.4/7 performance in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers.