Led by Glee, Fox won the night with adults 18-49. NBC was in second place for the night and a night of CBS repeats beat ABC’s all-new lineup out for third place.

Glee was down 12% versus its last original on March 15, to a season low 3.7 adults 18-49 rating which was more than enough to lead the night. It was also season low in total viewers, a its lowest 18-34 numbers since December 2009.  Raising Hope returned down 4% from its last original on March 15 to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Traffic Light, which had still been airing originals while Glee and Raising Hope were on hiatus, was up 56% from last week to a still-gonna-get-cancelled 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser was down 15% from last week to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating tying its season low.  The season finale of Parenthood was up 19% to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, its best outing since September.

On ABC, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was down 27% to a series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Dancing with the Stars Results show was down 6% to a season low (fall or spring) 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Body of Proof was down 4% from last week to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

CW…well not much good to say for the 18-49 ratings. a 0.7 for the return of One Tree Hill and an even worse 0.5 for Hellcats. The numbers in CW’s target of women 18-34 were pretty woeful too, a 1.2 for OTH and a 0.8 for Hellcats.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, April 19, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Glee 3.7/11 9.66
CBS NCIS (R) 2.2/6 13.30
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.1/6 6.43
ABC Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution 1.1/3 4.68
CW One Tree Hill 0.7/2 1.43
9:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars Results 2.9/7 15.84
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.5/6 6.76
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 2.4/6 11.21
FOX Raising Hope 2.2/6 5.66
CW Hellcats 0.5/1 1.14
9:30 FOX Traffic Light 1.4/3 3.27
10:00 NBC Parenthood 2.5/7 6.31
ABC Body of Proof 2.4/6 11.51
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 2.0/5 8.70

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,” 2.3/6 with an encore telecast; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.5/6 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.9/9; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.9/6.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.5/2 with an encore; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/4.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 with an encore 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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