TV Ratings Tuesday: 'NCIS' Highs Pace CBS Win; 'V' Hits Series Low; 'Parenthood,' 'NCIS:LA,' 'Good Wife,' 'One Tree Hill' Rise

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February 2nd, 2011

Scoreboard CBS NBC FOX Uni ABC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.5/9 2.9/8 1.7/4 1.5/4 1.3/3 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.2/6 1.4/4 1.5/4 1.0/3 1.3/4
Total Viewers (million) 17.530 8.177 5.016 3.791 4.956 2.142

NCIS scored a season high for adults 18-49 and a series high for average viewership (22.7 million) to lead CBS over the competition Tuesday night in the 18-49 ratings and avg. viewership. While at the other end of the spectrum, ABC was beaten by Univision with adults 18-49.

CBS saw gains across the board, NCIS scored a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating (highest since Oct 2009), a season high, up 12% from its last new episode on (1/18/11), and NCIS:LA was up 15% to a 3.8 rating. The Good Wife was up 5% to a 2.2 rating. Where are the retentionistas calling for The Good Wife's ouster?

Following a No Ordinary Family repeat, ABC's V hit a series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 15% vs. 1/18/11. Heading towards the boneyard, Detroit 1-8-7 got a dead cat bounce, up 5% from its season low on 1/18/11 to a 1.2 rating.

NBC's The Biggest Loser drew a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 3% vs. last week's hour long pre-SOTU episode, and Parenthood rose 5% vs. 1/18/11 to a 2.2 rating.

The CW's One Tree Hill's big wedding episode was up 23% vs. last week in the CW target women 18-34 ratings to a season high 2.3 rating, while Hellcats 1.4 rating for women 18-34 was down a tenth from last week.

The season finale of Fox's Million Dollar Money Drop scored a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 5% from its last Tuesday episode (1/18/11). Not a bad run for a reality show, I'd guess it returns.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, February 1, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS NCIS 4.5 12 22.33
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPL 2.9 8 8.57
FOX Glee  - R 1.7 5 4.98
ABC No Ordinary Family - R 1.2 3 4.51
CW One Tree Hill 1.2 3 2.43
8:30 CBS NCIS 4.7 12 23.08
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPL 3.2 8 8.80
FOX Glee  - R 1.6 4 4.88
ABC No Ordinary Family - R 1.1 3 3.87
CW One Tree Hill 1.1 3 2.31
9:00 CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES 3.8 10 18.23
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPL 3.4 9 9.36
ABC V 1.8 4 5.47
FOX Million Dollar Money Drop 1.7 4 5.08
CW HELLCATS 0.8 2 1.86
9:30 CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES 3.7 9 17.29
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPL 3.6 9 9.94
FOX Million Dollar Money Drop 1.8 5 5.12
ABC V 1.6 4 5.00
CW HELLCATS 0.9 2 1.96
10:00 CBS THE Good Wife 2.3 6 12.47
ABC Detroit 1-8-7 1.2 3 5.25
10:30 NBC PARENTHOOD 2.2 6 6.13
CBS THE Good Wife 2.1 6 11.79
ABC Detroit 1-8-7 1.3 3 5.64

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets (with the Dayton market excluded today), household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.3/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.9/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 1.0/4; "Nightline," 1.6/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.6/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.6/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households 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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