With the finale of Hell’s Kitchen delivering a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating (up 19% over its May, 2009 finale), Fox notched its first Tuesday night win of the season.

Fox made a big jump on the night due to the Hell’s Kitchen finale, CBS and the CW were stable overall vs. last week, while ABC was up its Tuesdays are still startlingly weak and NBC took the brunt of the losses vs. Fox gains.

ABC was up across the board vs. last Tuesday. Shark Tank was up 7% in the adults 18-49 ratings vs. last week to a 1.6 rating, Dancing with the Stars was up 8% to a 2.8 rating, and the forgotten was up 5% to a 2.0 rating.

For CBS, NCIS was up 2% in the adults 18-49 ratings vs. last Tuesday to a 4.4 rating, while NCIS:LA was down 3% to a 3.5 rating and The Good Wife was down 7% to a 2.7 rating.

Both NBC shows took hits, Biggest Loser was down 8% from last week to a 3.4 rating, and The Jay Leno Show was down 14% to a 1.8 rating, its lowest Tuesday rating this season.

For the CW, 90210 was steady in the 18-49 demo (1.2 rating) and down a tick in women 18-34 (2.3 rating vs. 2.4), and Melrose Place sank to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating from a 0.9 last week, and was down to a 1.3 rating for women 18-34 from a 1.5 rating last week. Heather Locklear can’t arrive soon enough (not that it’s likely to do any good).

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS NCIS 4.4 13 20.112
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.5 10 7.426
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.9 8 8.139
ABC Shark Tank 1.5 4 5.265
CW 90210 1.2 3 2.399
8:30 CBS NCIS 4.5 12 20.682
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.8 10 7.955
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.2 9 8.727
ABC Shark Tank 1.7 5 5.469
CW 90210 1.2 3 2.355
9:00 FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.9 10 8.26
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.7 10 9.389
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.6 9 15.849
ABC Dancing With the Stars 2.8 7 13.008
CW Melrose Place 0.8 2 1.431
9:30 FOX Hell’s Kitchen 4.0 10 8.206
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.9 10 9.688
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.4 9 14.794
ABC Dancing With the Stars 2.9 7 13.899
CW Melrose Place 0.7 2 1.375
10:00 CBS The Good Wife 2.8 8 12.995
ABC the forgotten 2.1 6 8.115
NBC The Jay Leno Show 2.0 6 6.339
10:30 CBS The Good Wife 2.7 8 12.52
ABC the forgotten 2.0 6 7.042
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.7 5 5.219

No late night results to report because of technical problems.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


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