CBS won again on Tuesday night in the adults 18-49 demo ratings, but their numbers are slipping back towards the competition’s.

CBS was still the 18-49 winner on Tuesday night, but its margin of victory is narrowing as its ratings fell across the board while NBC’s held steady, and Fox’s ticked up a tenth vs. last Tuesday. Fox jumped ahead of CBS in the adults 18-34 demo for the night, as the network further entrenched itself as an 18-34 power this fall.

At 8pm, NCIS fell 13% in the 18-49 demo from last week to a 4,2 rating. Hell’s Kitchen was up 3% vs. last week in the 18-49 demo (3.2 rating vs. 3.1). Biggest Loser and Shark Tank were all effectively flat in the 18-49 ratings vs. last week in the hour. 90210 was up a tenth of a ratings point in adults 18-49, and stable in the CW target women 18-34 (2.4 rating).

At 9pm, NCIS:LA slipped to a 3.6 18-49 rating for the hour, putting it behind Biggest Loser’s 9pm hour which averaged a 3.9 18-49 rating. So You Think You Can Dance was up 4% in the 18-49 demo from last week (2.5 vs. 2.4 18-49 rating). Dancing With the Stars continues to suffer, falling to a 2.5 18-49 demo rating, its lowest ever for a regularly scheduled episode. Like 90210, Melrose Place was up a tenth in the 18-49 demo to a 0.9 rating, and stable with women 18-34 (1.5 rating).

At 10pm, The Good Wife was down 9% in the 18-49 demo from last week to a 2.9 rating, but since NCIS:LA fell further, the retentionistas will celebrate because its “retention” improved. Huh? The Jay Leno Show slipped to a 2.1 demo rating, its lowest on a Tuesday, but that was still enough to beat the forgotten, which was effectively flat vs. last Tuesday with a 2.0 18-49 rating.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS NCIS 4.0 12 19.165
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.2 9 8.374
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.0 9 6.907
ABC Shark Tank 1.4 4 5.266
CW 90210 1.2 3 2.218
8:30 CBS NCIS 4.3 12 20.528
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.5 9 7.599
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.4 9 8.745
ABC Shark Tank 1.6 4 5.576
CW 90210 1.2 3 2.162
9:00 NBC The Biggest Loser 3.8 10 9.377
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.7 10 16.566
FOX So You Think You Can Dance? 2.5 7 5.563
ABC Dancing With the Stars 2.4 6 11.502
CW Melrose Place 0.9 2 1.606
9:30 NBC The Biggest Loser 4.1 10 9.773
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.6 9 15.702
ABC Dancing With the Stars 2.6 7 12.096
FOX So You Think You Can Dance? 2.4 6 5.441
CW Melrose Place 0.8 2 1.512
10:00 CBS The Good Wife 3.0 8 13.738
NBC The Jay Leno Show 2.2 6 6.529
ABC the forgotten 2.1 6 8.328
10:30 CBS The Good Wife 2.8 8 13.015
NBC The Jay Leno Show 2.0 6 5.867
ABC the forgotten 1.8 5 7.288

Late night results direct from NBC:

In Late-Night Local People Meters Tuesday night:

Conan O’Brien (0.9/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS’s LATE SHOW (1.1/5) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters. Conan topped LATE SHOW in adults 18-34 (0.8/4 vs. 0.5/2).

At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.6/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) tied CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.6/4). Jimmy out-delivered Ferguson in 18-34 (0.5/4 vs. 0.2/2).

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