Update: While NCIS edged out Glee in the preliminary numbers below, but in in the final nationals Glee was adjusted up a tenth,  so they were tied w/adults 18-49 with a 4.4 rating.

CBS won the night with adults 18-49 as both NCIS and NCIS: LA bounced back double digit percentages versus last week.

NCIS was up 22% versus last week to a 4.4 adults 18-49.  It edged out the 4.3 rating in adults 18-49 for Glee (which was up 2%).  NCIS: Los Angeles was up 18% from last week to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating but The Good Wife slipped 5% to a series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. It was the first time NCIS beat Glee in adults 18-49 this season when both were originals.  NCIS: LA saw its highest total viewership of the season and tied its season high with adults 18-49.

Note:  Due to election coverage in Chicago, CBS had preemptions/early broadcasts in 3% of the U.S.  CBS ratings are tentative and subject to change.

Fox’s sitcoms were also up double digits with Raising Hope up 14% to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating and Traffic Light up 21% to a 1.7 rating.

At NBC The Biggest Loser was steady versus last week with a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10p, and Parenthood was up 11% to a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49.

ABC’s No Ordinary Family was down 7% to a series low 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 while V’s 1.9 rating was steady with last week.  The Primetime What Would You Do? special did better than Detroit 1-8-7, but not much, pulling just a 1.4 rating.

CW’s One Tree Hill was up 25% with CW’s target women 18-34 demographic to a 1.5 rating and up 25% in total viewers.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, February 22, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 4.4/12 21.28
FOX Glee 4.3/12 10.50
NBC Biggest Loser Couples 2.4/7 6.628
ABC No Ordinary Family 1.4/4 4.77
CW One Tree Hill 0.9/3 1.99
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.9/10 18.58
NBC Biggest Loser Couples 3.1/8 8.375
FOX Raising Hope 2.5/7 6.21
ABC V 1.9/5 5.14
CW Hellcats 0.6/2 1.65
9:30 FOX Traffic Light 1.7/4 4.10
10:00 NBC Parenthood 2.1/6 5.50
CBS The Good Wife 1.9/5 11.51
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.4/4 4.17

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,” 2.8/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.9/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.8/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4.

• 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,” 0.8/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).

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