CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers despite NCIS dropping to a season low 3.6 adults 18-49 rating (update: though it was adjusted up 0.2 in the finals to a 3.8 rating)..  NCIS: Los Angeles was a repeat, but even with a repeat of NCIS: LA as its lead-in, The Good Wife bounced off last week’s series low and was up 5% to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.  Score another one for “the wisdom of the crowds.The NCIS: LA repeat performed very well with a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC was second in adults 18-49 and flat versus last week as The Biggest Loser scored another 2.7 adults 18-49 rating and Parenthood scored another 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC led off with the season (and no doubt, series) finale of No Ordinary Family with a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, flat versus its last original on a Tuesday.  But the Dancing With the Stars Results Show was down 28% versus last week to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating.  Body of Proof was both up and down – up 20% from its special Sunday airing, but down 23% versus last Tuesday’s premiere to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Considering the drop for the DWTS results show and ABC’s history of miserable 10pm performance, it could’ve been worse, and Body of Proof still won the 10pm hour.  But, the half hour detail might be a sign of things to come as the first half hour of BOP scored a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating and the second half hour a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox aired repeats of Glee, Raising Hope and Traffic Light.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, April 5, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.6/11 18.79
NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 2.4/7 6.85
ABC No Ordinary Family 1.5/4 5.69
FOX Glee (R) 1.2/4 3.87
CW One Tree Hill (R) 0.3/1 0.76
9:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars Results 3.1/8 15.57
NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 3.0/8 7.77
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 2.7/7 12.56
FOX Raising Hope (R) 1.1/3 2.99
CW Hellcats (R) 0.3/1 0.67
9:30 FOX Traffic Light (R) 0.9/2 2.04
10:00 ABC Body of Proof 2.4/6 11.07
CBS The Good Wife 2.0/5 10.57
NBC Parenthood 1.9/5 4.73

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,” 2.9/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.8/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.7/9; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.8/6.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.8/3; “Nightline,” 1.2/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/4.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/5 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” (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied “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 0.3/3 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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