TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Body Of Proof' Starts Well, 'The Good Wife' Hits Series Low, 'Parenthood' Returns Even

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March 30th, 2011

Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC Uni FOX CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/9 3.1/8 2.3/6 1.9/5 1.3/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.4/7 1.7/5 1.7/5 2.0/6 1.2/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 15.112 14.484 6.340 4.531 3.753 0.760

ABC's Body Of Proof had the second best rated start of any ABC rookie drama this season with a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating (vs. No Ordinary Family's 3.2), as ABC topped the night's 18-49 ratings. Earlier in the evening for ABC, the Dancing with the Stars: The Story So Far 8pm recap special drew a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, and the first Dancing with the Stars results show at 9pm scored a Tuesday leading 4.2 rating (that's down 5% from the first results show in Fall 2010).

On CBS, NCIS's 3.8 adults 18-49 rating was even with last week, and NCIS: LA's 3.5 rating was up 9% vs. last week. At 10pm, The Good Wife's 1.9 rating was down 10% from last week to a series low.

The Biggest Loser drew a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 13% vs. last week, and returning after a four week hiatus, Parenthood's 1.9 rating was even with its last new episode.

Traffic Light, the only new show on Fox, rose a tenth of a point to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, March 29, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.6 11 17.858
ABC Dancing with the Stars: RECAP 2.4 7 11.737
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPLES 2.3 7 6.740
FOX Glee  - R 1.4 4 4.238
CW One Tree Hill -R 0.4 1 0.882
8:30 CBS NCIS 3.9 11 18.658
ABC Dancing with the Stars: RECAP 3.0 8 13.607
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPLES 2.5 7 6.781
FOX Glee  - R 1.5 4 4.575
CW One Tree Hill -R 0.3 1 0.749
CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES 3.5 9 15.587
NBC THE Biggest Loser:  COUPLES 2.6 7 7.130
FOX Raising Hope - R 1.3 3 3.598
CW HELLCATS - R 0.3 1 0.725
CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES 3.4 8 14.831
CW HELLCATS - R 0.3 1 0.683
10:00 ABC Body Of Proof 3.2 8 14.727
CBS THE Good Wife 2.0 5 10.344
NBC PARENTHOOD 1.9 5 4.847
10:30 ABC Body Of Proof 2.8 8 12.975
CBS THE Good Wife 1.8 5 9.627
NBC PARENTHOOD 1.8 5 4.687

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," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.9/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.4/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.

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" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 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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