On a Tuesday night when many shows hit or matched series or season lows, NBC's "The Voice" was the top-rated show and CBS the top-rated network overall thanks to the "NCIS" franchise, according to preliminary numbers.
CBS took first place in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.6 rating/7 share in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic and 14.3 million. "NCIS" dipped slightly from its last original two weeks ago, hitting a season low of 3.0/9 in the demo. It had 17.2 million total viewers, which made it the most-watched program of the night. "NCIS: LA," which had its own series low three weeks ago, returned Tuesday night to a 25 percent increase in the demo, receiving a 3.0/8 and 15 million total viewers. "Unforgettable" at 10 ran even with last week, tying its series low in the demo with a 1.8/5 and 10.6 million total viewers.
NBC took second place in ratings and third in total viewers with an average 2.3/6 in the demo and 6.7 million total viewers. "The Biggest Loser" finale at 8 dropped 30 percent in the demo from last week's finale, scoring its lowest season finale ratings to date with a 2.1/7 and 7.1 million total viewers. "The Voice" at 9 slipped to a series low of 3.1/8 in the demo, and had 8.9 million total viewers. "Fashion Star" the following hour also declined, tying a series low of 1.5/4 in the demo with 4.2 million total viewers.
Fox came in third in ratings and fourth in total viewers with an average 2.1/6 and 4.8 million. "Glee" at 8 was down 11 percent from last week, tying a series low with a 2.4/8. It had 6 million total viewers. "The New Girl" at 9 dropped 19 percent to a series low of 2.1/6 in the demo and 4.4 million total viewers. A "New Girl" repeat finished the night at 9:30.
ABC took fourth in ratings and second in total viewers with an average 1.9/5 in the demo and 8.9 million. "Last Man Standing" at 8 dropped 13 percent from its last original two weeks ago to hit a series low of 1.4/5 in the demo with 6.5 million total viewers, while "Cougar Town" at 8:30 also dropped 13 percent to hit a series low in the demo, posting a 1.3/4. It had 5 million total viewers. "Dancing With the Stars" was down to a 2.3/6, a series low for regular episodes, and 13.4 million total viewers. "Private Practice" at 10 also dipped somewhat, drawing a 2.1/6 and 7.6 million total viewers.