TV Ratings Tuesday: 'NCIS,' 'NCIS:LA,' 'Good Wife,' 'Parenthood' Down; 'No Ordinary Family,' 'V' Up; + 'Life Unexpected' Finale

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January 19th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS NBC FOX ABC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.2/9 2.6/7 1.7/5 1.7/5 1.4/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/6 1.8/6 1.5/4 1.1/3 1.5/5 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 16.533 7.337 4.837 5.845 3.632 1.752

Even though its line up was down across the board, CBS had no problem topping the adults 18-49 ratings on Tuesday night.

CBS's NCIS fell 9% to a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating, while NCIS:LA was down 11% to a 3.3 rating. The Good Wife tied a series low 2.1 rating, down 9% vs. last week.

ABC's No Ordinary Family bounced up 20% from its series low last week to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. And V recovered from its series low as well, up 5% to a 2.0 rating. At 10pm, a 20/20 special drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, 30% better than last week's Detroit 1-8-7.

NBC had a down night, with The Biggest Loser: Couples slipping 9% to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, and Parenthood 5% lower to a 2.1 rating.

Fox's Million Dollar Money Drop rose 6% vs. it's last new episode on 1/11/11 to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

The season (and certainly series) finale of the CW's Life Unexpected tallied 0.8 adults 18-49 ratings in both its hours. That's down from the 0.9 rating in its last new episode, but above the 0.72 adults 18-49 rating average for all its new episodes last Fall. Its 1.3 rating in the women 18-34 demo favored by the CW was right at its prior season average. Its average viewership of 1.75 million was a season high.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, January 18, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.9 11 20.405
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPL 2.5 7 7.719
ABC No Ordinary Family 1.8 5 5.701
FOX Glee  - R 1.4 4 4.432
CW Life Unexpected 0.8 2 1.904
8:30 CBS NCIS 4.2 11 21.544
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPL 2.7 7 7.792
ABC No Ordinary Family 1.9 5 5.713
FOX Glee  - R 1.4 4 4.379
CW Life Unexpected 0.8 2 1.721
9:00 CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES 3.3 9 17.542
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPL 3.0 8 8.461
ABC V 2.0 5 5.757
FOX Million Dollar Money Drop 1.7 5 4.809
CW Life Unexpected 0.8 2 1.695
9:30 CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES 3.3 9 17.025
FOX Million Dollar Money Drop 2.1 6 5.729
ABC V 1.9 5 5.546
10:00 NBC PARENTHOOD 2.3 6 5.971
CBS THE Good Wife 2.2 6 11.619
ABC A SPECIAL ED OF 20/20 1.4 4 6.192
10:30 CBS THE Good Wife 2.1 6 11.061
NBC PARENTHOOD 1.9 6 5.294
ABC A SPECIAL ED OF 20/20 1.3 4 6.162

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.3/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.9/4; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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